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Talking Genomic Medicine and More

Science Progress is encouraged by the upcoming meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Genetics, Health, and Society at the Department of Health and Human Services, saying that this sort of federal-level discussion of the future of genomic medicine is just what is needed. The SACGHS meeting tomorrow will run the gamut from comparative effectiveness research to sharing genomic data and Science Progress hopes that it will "[allow] scientists, policymakers, innovators, service providers, and patients to work together to ensure that this new era of medical innovation serves the common good by being safe, effective, efficient, and equitable."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.