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In work out of Ian Holmes' UC Berkeley lab, a team describes as new genome browser, JBrowse, published in this week's early online edition of Genome Research. The browser is open source, portable, and JavaScript-based, and differs from other available browsers in that it uses less server power.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.