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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Blood-based cancer detection firm Thrive Earlier Detection announced its launch today, supported by a $110 million financing round.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm plans to commercialize a circulating tumor DNA and protein testing method initially developed at Johns Hopkins University and currently being validated in a 10,000-person trial with Pennsylvania's Gesinger Health system.

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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.