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Genomes in the Open

Daniel MacArthur and the others over at Genomes Unzipped unveiled the next step in the site's evolution: making the genetic data of all the bloggers there publicly available. The group has developed a genome browser based on JBrowse for all to look through. MacArthur writes that over the coming weeks, the bloggers' data will be posted and they will be sharing their experiences with being tested and what they've found out. "We hope that our experiences and those of other early disclosers will provide valuable lessons for those who follow," MacArthur says.

At his blog, John Hawks wonders what the uptake of personal genomics will be, leading Razib Khan at Gene Expression to look at the social good of personal genome testing. "When only a few people have been genotyped your understanding of population-wide variation is still spotty," he says. "But as you increase your coverage you get a better sense of the variance within the population ... but soon enough you enter the phase of diminishing returns."

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.