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Ancestry will focus more on family history and genetic genealogy, and called the move a "strategic but difficult decision."

Q2 Solutions will run Adaptive's NGS-based immune cell receptor profiling assay for its pharma and biotech clients, potentially in COVID-19 vaccine trials.

While SARS-CoV-2 test demand will likely remain strong well into 2021, the question of what to do with the built-up capacity in a post-COVID-19 environment looms.

The EUA from FDA is the first for a diagnostic test for at-home, self-collection of patient samples for detecting the coronavirus and the flu.

The FDA last week also reissued an EUA for a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 test from Quest Diagnostics to permit its use with pooled samples.

Williams v Quest/Athena struck a nerve with the genetic testing community by probing what the standard of care is and ought to be for variant classification.  

While the market ditched shares of many other diagnostics firms, analysts said the reaction was overblown, particularly in the case of Quidel and molecular diagnostics players.

The next iteration of Ancestry's Health experience seeks to provide customers with actionable information about certain commonly inherited health conditions.

Quest expects to deploy the pooled sample technique at its laboratories in Chantilly, Virginia and Marlborough, Massachusetts by the end of next week with additional laboratories to follow.

The assays are performed on nasal swab specimens self-collected by patients under the observation of a healthcare provider via telemedicine. 

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.