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Genomics in Africa

Charles Rotimi, director of National Institutes of Health's Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, believes that all human populations must be included in genomic research for genomics to have an impact on societal problems like hunger and disease, according to The Lancet's Kelly Morris. Rotimi recently launched the Human Heredity and Health in Africa project to conduct population-based studies there. "Rotimi is concerned to involve Africans in genetic epidemiology, both as participants and researchers," Morris says. "A comprehensive understanding of population and ethnic differences requires a robust appreciation of human history." Rotimi hopes the project will lead to increased collaborations among African researchers, and an increased ability for those investigators to compete for international funding.

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.