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The companies will join their respective technologies to offer customers a single solution for next-generation sequencing data interpretation.

The company also extended its existing licensing agreement with Genalice, signed in 2013, to improve plant DNA analysis.

The companies began working together in 2012 to validate the read alignment and variant calling technology for use in plant genomics.

Besides optimizing open-source code, the company has forged focused partnerships with multiple bioinformatics firms including Edico Genome and Curoverse. 

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.