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More Genomes, More Data … More Understanding?

Randall Parker at Future Pundit points to a Nature News piece predicting that 2,700 human genomes will have been completed, world-wide, by the end of October, and more than 30,000 will have been sequenced by the end of 2011 as an example of how "the floodgates on genetic data are opening." Consequently, he says, "the rate of discovery of what genetic mutations mean is rapidly accelerating." Parker suggests that so long as individuals continue to share their personal genomic information, they'll "help speed the search for the functional significance of all the genetic variants in humans." In this way, he predicts, the utility of testing "is going to rise sharply."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.