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Making Sense of it All

An estimate in Nature says that about 30,000 human genomes will be sequenced this year, "but what's missing, say a growing chorus of researchers, is a way to make sense of what these endless strings of As, Gs, Cs, and Ts mean to individuals and their health," writes David Ewing Duncan at MIT's Technology Review. However, he adds that people in the field are working to rectify that problem. For example, Duncan reports that Complete Genomics' Clifford Reid has called for companies to develop standard processes for collection though analysis of DNA samples while Pacific Bioscience CSO Eric Schadt and Stephen Friend, who used to be at Merck, founded Sage Bionetworks to standardize DNA databases. "This won't happen overnight," Schadt tells Duncan. "But it will be huge, like the Internet."

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.