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The longtime quest of one Microsoft data scientist to stop infant crib deaths has grown into a genomics and AI research program with lofty goals.

The company is also looking to expand the use of its FDA-approved ClonoSeq assay, which has US FDA approval for MRD detection in acute lymphocytic leukemia and multiple myeloma.

As one of six grantee projects, investigators from Yale, Harvard, and Rice University are partnering with Microsoft to bring forward a combined technique for the early detection of NSCLC.

Some partners are implementing their solutions on the Azure cloud while others will accept output from Microsoft's genomics pipeline as input into their solutions.

Mixed Reaction

Nature News reports that some developers are nervous about GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft.

President Donald Trump offered former Microsoft CEO and philanthropist Bill Gates the presidential science advisor job, but he passed on it, Stat News reports.

St. Jude Cloud, powered by DNAnexus and Microsoft, offers free access to thousands of WGS records plus cloud-based visualization and computational tools.

Stand Up to Cancer is teaming with Microsoft and SITC to provide a new round of $11 million in grants to study cancer immunotherapies.

The companies are planning to develop individual disease diagnostics, and then a universal diagnostic from a single blood test.

The financing, led by new investor Foresite Capital, will help DNAnexus deploy its genome informatics technology and expand its clinical trials presence.

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By studying koalas and a retrovirus that infects them, researchers may have uncovered a new sort of 'immune response' that occurs at the genomic level, Agence France Presse reports.

23andMe has a holiday popup shop at a mall and could open additional stores, Bloomberg reports.

NPR reports that the first person in the US given a gene editing-based therapy for a genetic disorder is heading home.

In Science this week: ancient genomes reveal social inequality within individual households, new method for quantifying genetic variation in gene dosage, and more.