Ansa Biotechnologies DNA Data Storage Alliance to Work on Interoperability, Industry Roadmap Illumina, Twist Bioscience, Western Digital, and Microsoft are teaming up with others to make DNA-based data storage technologies interoperable. Ansa Biotechnologies Raises $7.9M in Seed Funding The funding will allow the company to accelerate development of its DNA synthesis technology, hire staff, build an R&D facility, and establish industrial partnerships. UC Berkeley Team Develops Enzymatic DNA Synthesis Method Premium In a proof-of-concept study published in Nature Biotechnology this week, the team demonstrated that it could enzymatically synthesize 10-mer oligonucleotides. Breaking News Dilated Cardiomyopathy Gene Mutations Point to Possible Therapeutic Strategy Ginkgo Bioworks Acquires Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing Firm Mainz Biomed Taps DCN Dx to Aid European Study of Enhanced ColoAlert Assay Parse Biosciences Partners With Research Instruments for Southeast Asia Distribution Thermo Fisher, Oncocyte Ink Development, Comarketing Deal for Cancer IVDs Yourgene Health Enters Three-Year £5M Term Loan Facility The Scan And a Fourth? A fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in an Israeli study increased antibody levels but did not prevent Omicron variant infections, according to the Financial Times. For Better Science Software A virtual institute funded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's philanthropy aims to lure software engineers to academia, Science reports. Recommendation Explanations The New York Times writes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is straining to both make and explain decisions based on limited information. Genome Research Papers on De Novo Mutation Rates, Polyploid Genotyping, Oncogene Epigenomic Translocation In Genome Research this week: de novo mutations rates in hemoglobin subunits, analysis of variant calling methods for polyploid plants, and more.