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Updates from Consumer Genetics Companies

In news from personal genome services, DecodeMe announces on its blog the newly formed private company called Decode Genetics (purchased from the bankrupt public company of the same name by a consortium called Saga Investments). The company will keep up DecodeMe's personal genome scan service. And on Navigenics' blog, that company announced that Vance Vanier will serve as its president and CEO. Vanier was formerly Navi's chief medical officer.

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.