Sonic Healthcare NIH Awards $129M to Nine Dx Firms for Rapid COVID-19 Diagnostics Some of the firms will receive money to speed up test development, while others will use the funds to expand their testing and manufacturing capacity. HHS Invests $6.5M in Aegis Sciences, Sonic Healthcare USA to Expand Coronavirus Testing Capacity The commercial labs will also receive testing equipment from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and Thermo Fisher Scientific including RT-PCR instrumentation. Sonic Healthcare Expands Deal for UPMC's ThyroSeq Thyroid Cancer Test Under the new 15-year exclusive agreement, the test will become available through all of Sonic's clinical labs and anatomic pathology practices in the US. Sonic Genetics to Implement Translational Software PGx Platform in Australia The PGx decision support software that Sonic is adopting includes clinical reporting for 65 genes and can be tailored to a variety of clinical specialties. Hospitals Explore New Models for Labs Post-PAMA Changes to Medicare reimbursements are forcing hospitals to create lab-focused joint ventures and partner in various ways with other organizations to stay financially viable. Jan 10, 2018 Aetna to Cover ThyroSeq Thyroid Nodule Test Jan 3, 2017 Sonic Healthcare to Offer Contextual Genomics NGS Solid Tumor Test Dec 5, 2013 Ariosa Inks German Alliance with Sonic Healthcare Feb 21, 2012 Genetic Technologies Settles with Sonic Healthcare over Patent Lawsuit Breaking News New Approach Identifies Candidate Causal Variants for Neuropsychiatric, Neurodevelopmental Conditions People in the News: Baylor's Thomas Caskey Dies; New Appointments at UK Biobank, CS Genetics, More In Brief This Week: Pathogenomix, Uniogen, Genetic Technologies, DnaNudge, Gravity Diagnostics, More New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Biodesix, Curio Genomics, Akoya Biosciences, More NIH Earmarks $170M for All of Us Program's Personalized Nutrition Study Taiwanese Firm's IP Asserted in Suit Against Pacific Biosciences Found Partially Unpatentable The Scan Omicron's Sewage Path The New York Times writes that testing sewage is helping public health officials track Omicron. IBM Sells Part of Watson Health The Wall Street Journal reports IBM is selling part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm. Identifying the Right Whales The Boston Globe writes that genetic testing has helped identify North American right whales and find that weaning can take place earlier than thought. Science Papers on Approach to Quickly Sort Single Cells, Alternative Splicing in Cancer In Science this week: high-speed sorting of single cells using fluorescence imaging, and more.