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The Times Online reports that a new company based in Boston, Foundation Medicine, has raised $25 million to develop a "one-stop-shop service for genomic diagnosis of cancer." The company's founders include Broad Institute director Eric Lander as well as Levi Garraway, Matthew Meyerson, and Todd Golub of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, the paper reports.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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