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Insel Leaves Verily

Thomas Insel has left his position at Verily, according to Stat News.

New Scientist wonders whether Verily's Baseline Project will be able to meet its aim of developing a picture of a healthy person.

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Verily seeks to expand its Baseline Project to yield a picture of a healthy person, the Verge reports.

CNBC reports that Google's parent company is wooing researchers from the healthcare and life science fields.

The amount of cancer data being generated is driving researchers to develop artificial intelligence and deep machine-learning methods to help them keep up.

The food safety firm is using NGS testing and data analytics to create actionable information for retailers and manufacturers.

Organizations are pursuing various approaches to control mosquitos harboring dengue and Zika viruses, Technology Review reports.

DNAstack offers cloud-based access to bioinformatics solutions and mechanisms for sharing genomic data that leverage open APIs and resources. 

The project is utilizing an Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing system and includes a collaboration with Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences.

The partners will evaluate various established research solutions including a number of variant calling methods for potential clinical use.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.