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We Predict Serious Competition in Sequencing Service Shops

Keith Robison has a post at Omics! Omics! about Cofactor Genomics, a next-gen sequencing services company based in St. Louis, Mo. The company's currently offering to "generate & assemble 680Mb of sequence (from an Illumina machine) for the paltry sum of $4.7K," Robison writes. "At those prices, the idea of doing my own personal genome project can't be easily shooed away." He suggests that this makes a genome project feasible for a university class -- several hundred students in Biology 101 could all split up a genome and take a sliver of it as their own project, for instance.

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.