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Despite the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, several companies in the index saw their shares rise by triple-digit percentages last year.

Although the total number of deals went down in 2020, those deals were worth more compared to 2019 — four of the top five had billion-dollar price tags.

The researchers, who also performed whole-genome sequencing on 853 macaques, found new lineage-specific genes and expanded gene families in the monkeys.

The researchers developed a tissue map of the DNA 5hmC modification, finding a potential role for it in tissue-specific development.

At the Association for Molecular Pathology annual meeting, cancer researcher William Hahn talked about efforts to map cancer fitness genes at the genome scale.

The new consortium is aiming to make comprehensive genomic profiling accessible to advanced cancer patients in the US, to help inform their treatment decisions.

Using RNA and DNA sequencing to predict tumor site and detect gene alterations may allow patients with CUP to receive appropriate targeted treatment.

The companies will combine Neogene's expertise in targeting tumor neoantigens with Twist's DNA synthesis platform and product lines.

The collaborators said they're creating a solution for pharmaceutical clients that will encompass everything from patient recruitment to regulatory approvals.

The company's Q2 revenue growth was driven by a 74 percent increase in revenues from the analytical services it provided to the VA MVP program.

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Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.