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A Clinical Option

Sequencing six-year-old Nicholas Volker's genome identified a mutation on his X chromosome that is associated with an immune disorder and could be behind his severe inflammatory bowel disease. While this project done by Medical College of Wisconsin researchers informed Volker's physicians, it was still a research project, reports Technology Review's Emily Singer. However, Howard Jacob, director the Human and Molecular Genetics Center there, says that genome sequencing should be a standard clinical option for children with rare, inherited diseases. To that end, Jacob has developed an infrastructure to handle clinical cases for sequencing. Recently, Singer reports, an unnamed insurance company has said that it will cover genome sequencing when it is shown to be cheaper than the combined number of diagnostic tests that children with rare diseases usually go through.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.