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In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.

In PLOS this week: RAPGEF6 gene insertion linked to laryngeal paralysis in Miniature Bull Terriers, colorectal cancer risk among Zimbabweans, and more.

In PLOS this week: alternatively spliced form of FBXO38 contributes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, evolution of the avian influenza virus H9N2, and more.

The two genome-wide association studies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease uncovered numerous novel risk variants, including ones in genes involved in ciliogenesis and lung development.

The partners aim to identify genetic factors common to individuals with asthma and asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome.

Owlstone will give AstraZeneca access to its Breath Biopsy Services to identify breath-based biomarkers for stratifying and treating asthma and COPD patients.

The partners plan to validate blood-based microRNAs as biomarkers for the early detection of pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.

At Bio-IT World, Harvard bioinformatics researcher John Quackenbush called typical methods for determining genetic relevance relics of "Mendel and his peas."

A team of researchers in the UK used a two-stage approach to tie the rare variants to disease risk.

Bio-Techne will provide a bioanalytical assay for the group to assess and validate as a bioanalytical method for clinical trial recruitment.

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According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.

Michael Caputo, the top Department of Health and Human Service spokesperson, is taking a leave of absence, CNN says.

CNBC reports that the CDC Director says a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine isn't likely to be generally available until the third quarter of 2021, timing President Donald Trump disputes.

In Nature this week: MassIVE.quant resource houses mass spectrometry-based proteomic data, influence of Viking genetics on European populations, and more.