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The firms plan to discover and develop fully human neutralizing antibodies that target the SARS-CoV-2 virus, combining Adaptive's and Amgen's respective expertise.

Some of the market's most influential voices, including Kári Stefánsson and Linda Avey, believe that consumer genomics is not on the way out but rather experiencing a period of transition.

The companies will develop tissue-based companion diagnostics for Amgen's investigational treatment AMG 510 for non-small cell lung cancer.

The company plans to submit a companion diagnostic version of its sequencing-based liquid biopsy test Guardant360 to various regulatory bodies.

The funding comes about three years after Amgen provided the school with $1.5 million for a master's degree program in human genetics and genetic counseling.

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New Scientist writes that experimental cancer drug from Amgen appears effective at targeting cancers with KRAS mutations.

The partners will use Adaptive's  ClonoSeq assay to assess minimal residual disease in several of Amgen's hematology drug development programs.

The UK is partnering with pharmaceutical companies to sequence and analyze DNA samples from UK Biobank participants.

The project is funded with £50 million from the UK government, £50 million from the Wellcome Trust, and £100 million from four pharmaceutical firms.

Consenting participants will have their deidentified sequence data used for research and will also have the chance to learn if they have clinically actionable results.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.