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The consortium aims to harmonize the use of homologous recombination deficiency as a biomarker to guide certain treatment types in cancer patients.

Led by DNAstack and supported by Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster, COVID Cloud looks to build a nationwide bioinformatics infrastructure to address the pandemic.

The UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium is one of three projects to receive a total of £8.4 million from UKRI and NIHR to study immune response to the novel coronavirus.

The effort, called SPHERES, aims to monitor changes in the virus to support public health research and diagnostic and therapeutic development.

With $2.5 million in initial philanthropy funding, the consortium plans to launch several research projects and establish a data commons for storing and sharing results. 

The newly launched EndPandemic National Data Consortium brings together seven life sciences and bioinformatics firms in search of treatments and vaccines.

Blueprint Genetics, recently acquired by Quest Diagnostics in January, will base the 600-gene panel on its whole-exome sequencing capability.

Big Blue's IBM Research and Watson divisions are teaming with several national consortia to unlock and share molecular and clinical coronavirus data on HPC platforms.

The project's total budget is expected to exceed $1.5 million with backing from the Israeli Innovation Authority and international technology firm BATM.

A nationwide, multi-agency effort to sequence the virus causing COVID-19 is a logistical nightmare, but experts say the UK is well situated to succeed.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.