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Battle Over

OpenSNP has won Mendeley and the Public Library of Science's Binary Battle that set the challenge of making research more open using those companies' tools, and will receive the grand prize of $10,001. The openSNP tool allows customers of some direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to upload their raw results, share them, and learn about their variants from the literature. Researchers can also use the shared data. Developer Bastian Greshake, a master's degree student at Goethe University, came up with the idea for openSNP after he was genotyped, the Nature News Blog notes.

The runners up are PaperCritic and rOpenSci.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.