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General Electric and Celera Genomics this week disclosed the start of a long-term collaboration aimed at developing imaging agents that would help physicians identify certain cancers sooner and more accurately.

The deal, which will initially focus on four kinds of tumors and the proteins on the surface of cells, would also empower Celera Diagnostics to develop molecular diagnostics based on these agents, which could be used to identify at-risk populations or to pinpoint disease onset or severity.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.

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