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SomaLogic will analyze more than 40,000 samples, including from Amgen clinical trials, using its SomaScan platform, which measures up to 5,000 proteins.

The findings underscore the value of carrying out large-scale human genetic analyses as part of drug target identification and validation efforts. 

 

 

The diagnostics firm is conducting a 1,000-person study to find T cell profiles associated with the immune response to COVID-19 and recovery from the disease.

The team also found that the proportion of infected people didn't change substantially during the screening period, consistent with beneficial containment.

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.

Some Shrinking

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

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.