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Companies in the life science tools and molecular diagnostics spaces provided updates on their businesses at the 36th annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference this week in San Francisco.

Genome Medical will use the proceeds of its Series A-1 financing to expand its nationwide footprint, as well as to invest in its telegenomics platform.

The newly launched LunaDNA hopes that its community model of compensating individuals for contributing genomic and health information will lead to better research.

The company has been working for several years under NIH grants totaling more than $7 million and is now preparing for its first formal product launch.

The firm will launch two new analysis modules for its Genetic Information Management Suite next year, in addition to a new pharmacogenomics mobile application.

The Singapore-based firm has established a US subsidiary and named distributors to sell its products across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The sequencing-based, laboratory-developed test, called SmartJane, contains the first commercially available vaginal microbiome assay.

The company recently released the MGISEQ-2000, MGISEQ-200, and MGIFLP sequencing platforms, as well as the MGIUS-R3 robotic ultrasound system.

By analyzing EMRs and genomic data, Mendel Health believes its AI platform can identify patients for ongoing trials and help clinicians select treatments.

Following the CE-IVD marking, Bruker launched the two products, the multiplex real-time PCR-based Fungiplex Candida assay and the Micronaut-AM test plate.

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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.