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Merck and China's BGI said this week that they are collaborating to discover and characterize diagnostic and drug development biomarkers "across a wide range of therapeutic areas" and to develop genomic technologies.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Merck and BGI announced today that they will collaborate on the discovery and development of biomarkers and other genomic technologies.

BGI and Diagenode will collaborate to develop standard methods in sample prep for next-generation sequencing for epigenetics research, the companies said today.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and Diagenode are collaborating to implement standard methods in epigenetics and next-generation sequencing sample preparation.

Officials from both organizations said this week that they are keen to use Exonhit's SpliceArray platform in new, sequencing-driven biomarker discovery projects.

Researchers using exome sequencing to study ADHD found rare mutations they think may be causing a patient's anemia, raising the question of how to handle unrelated findings in sequencing studies.

In a proof-of-concept paper, the BGI team demonstrated that it is possible to call structural variations from short-read sequencing data by using de novo assembly instead of alignment to a reference genome.

The project combines BGI's next-generation sequencing and Exonhit's SpliceArray technologies to expand the SpliceArray platform to an additional "strategic preclinical animal model species."

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.