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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.

Microsoft is exploring using DNA as a data storage device, Technology Review reports.

The company plans to recruit one million patients from Mexico over three years and then expand to Columbia, Argentina, and Brazil.

DNAnexus customers now have a choice of two cloud platforms and ancillary tools and the company has access to a wider pool of potential users.

The Helsinki-based firm plans to offer data solutions on Microsoft's Azure cloud to Finnish healthcare organizations first.

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A small, early-stage trial of a combination therapy for brain cancer reports favorable responses in two patients, according to the Guardian.

Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In PLOS this week: sex-stratified genome-wide association study of chronic pain, sequencing data from Indigenous Mexican groups, and more.