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Top 10 Articles on GenomeWeb in 2021

NEW YORK – A hectic year in the genomic research tools and molecular diagnostic industries was marked by efforts to develop diagnostic, surveillance, and research tools for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But this wasn't the only subject of interest to our readers, as a look at the most-read articles on the GenomeWeb site for the year reveals strong interest in developments in the CRISPR field, initial public offerings among genomic tools developers, and Illumina's legal battles amid its efforts to complete the acquisition of Grail.

Below is a list of the 10 articles that gained the most interest among our readers in 2021.


  1. CDC to Withdraw EUA for COVID-19 Test; FDA Revokes Three Other EUAs for Non-Use, Agency Clearance
  2. CRISPR Researchers Engineer Highly Efficient Miniature Cas System
  3. Sema4 to Go Public Through Merger With Special Purpose Acquisition Company
  4. FTC Moves to Block Illumina's $8B Grail Acquisition
  5. Ancestry to Discontinue NGS-Based AncestryHealth Service
  6. Illumina Wins $8M Jury Verdict in BGI Patent Infringement Suit, Loses Patent
  7. Sequencing Startup Singular Genomics Files for $100M IPO
  8. FDA Issues Alert About Potential False Negative Test Results From SARS-CoV-2 Mutations
  9. Progenity to Close Genetics Lab as Focus Shifts to Therapeutics
  10. Global Supply Chain Issues Catch up to Illumina, Leading to Delayed NGS Projects
The Scan

ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.