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Russ Altman writes that with all the competition in the genome sequencing space, particularly with Complete Genomics' recent announcement, researchers be able to get their "entire genome sequence basically for free." He says this will have an impact on medicine, particularly pharmacogenomics and predictive diagnostics.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.