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In the study, called Coronagenes, the team aims to identify genes that influence the risk of developing COVID-19 and affect disease severity.

Stat News offers ways consumer genetic testing companies could address racial disparities.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Data collected from volunteers will be used in a genome-wide association study to better understand COVID-19.

The Helsinki-based firm is making its panel available for free to people who already have been genotyped by consumer genomics services or biobanks.

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.

Slower Times

CNBC discusses factors contributing to the state of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. 

Ancestry Layoffs

Ancestry is laying off about 6 percent of its workforce due to a decline in customer demand.

CEO Margo Georgiadis said that the company has "seen a slowdown in consumer demand across the entire DNA category."

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.