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Increased incidental detection of clonal hematopoiesis and new considerations for mutations in myelodysplastic precursors herald improved precision medicine strategies.

The company presented new evidence for the sensitivity of its multi-cancer early detection test and robustness of its automated library prep system.

The group noted that while molecular diagnostics are powerful tools, physicians' enthusiasm for such tests can lead to improper and excessive use.

In a conversation at the Association for Molecular Pathology meeting, the directors touched on topics such as test allocation and staffing and reagent shortages.

Using tumor and matched normal sequence data generated for tens of thousands of cancer patients, the team identified mosaic cancer susceptibility in around one in 1,000 cases.

The Sydney, Australia-based firm has licensed a single biomarker which it plans to develop into a test for triaging COVID-19 patients.

Williams v Quest/Athena struck a nerve with the genetic testing community by probing what the standard of care is and ought to be for variant classification.  

The project will result in the creation of a national cohort for research, as well as an integrated clinical and genomic data infrastructure at the national level.

The firm will partner with startup GeneproDx on thyroid cancer diagnostic development, while a separate agreement with Endpoint Health will entail CDx development for critical illness. 

In their first conference call with investors, PacBio's new CEO and CFO laid out a strategic plan for the company as it weathers the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.