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L Is for Life Science

The first company to be formed under Google's new Alphabet umbrella is based on its life sciences group.

What About the Moon?

Google's restructuring as Alphabet may open its 'moonshot' programs like Calico to greater investor scrutiny.

The initiative aims to integrate clinical, genomic, environmental, and other data from patients to help determine disease mechanisms and develop precise therapies.

The partners initially plan to offer a cloud-based iteration of the Genome Analysis Toolkit with more tools to follow in future.

The company is putting finishing touches on new cloud-based applications for metagenomics and oncology that it could launch as early as next year.

Store it Here

Amazon and Google are striving to be researchers' go-to service for genomic data storage and analysis, Reuters reports.

With cloud computing becoming more attractive to researchers, Nature News offers some tips on how to get going.

David Glazer from Google Genomics provided an update on the MSSNG project, a collaboration between Autism Speaks, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Google.

The database contains annotation information on the single nucleotide variants found in the human genome.

The Google Genomics Platform seeks to use the company's infrastructure and other capabilities to address a perceived need in biomedical research.

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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.