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New Scientist reports on the institutional racism minority researchers encounter in the sciences.

Slow Change

NPR reports that the SARS-CoV-2 genome does not appear to accumulate mutations quickly, which should help vaccine efforts.

In Science this week: Fiber-seq method to examine regulatory architecture, mutations in SOST associated with osteoporosis drug-linked cardiovascular events, and more.

 

News items for the week of June 22, 2020.

The firm said that its RAQ SARS-CoV-2 PCR Kit allows the replacement of full nucleic acid extraction with a simple heat treatment, decreasing sample processing time.

The genomes of modern sled dogs, an ancient Siberian dog, and an ancient wolf revealed genetic similarity between the ancient dog and modern sled dogs.

In one study, the UK-based firm found that its RaDaR assay detected circulating tumor DNA in lung cancer patients up to a year before standard clinical progression occurred in most of the cases. 

Host Effects

Researchers continue to examine host genetic factors that may influence whether someone is at higher risk of more severe COVID-19, the Financial Times reports.

In Nature this week: population sequencing led to rare disease diagnoses, analysis of marine green alga leads to discovery of new phylum, and more.

The researchers found that WGS can streamline disease diagnosis and used it to discover unknown etiological variants in coding and non-coding genomic regions.

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.