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CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – The Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney has formed a strategic alliance with Australian startup E-Nome to explore how blockchain technology could be used to securely store genomic records in order to support medical research.

E-Nome has developed a medical records management platform for smartphones that allows individual patients to manage and control access to their own medical and genomic data. The company promises "watertight" security and privacy, thanks to blockchain technology.

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NPR reports the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for a genetic disorder that causes rapid aging.

Late-stage testing indicates the AstraZeneca and Oxford University SARS-CoV-2 vaccine can have up to 90 percent efficacy, the Associated Press reports.

ScienceInsider reports Nature Communications is reviewing a paper on mentorship following social media criticism arguing it is sexist.

In PLOS this week: method to account for sequencing errors in phylogenies, study of influenza A in Switzerland, and more.

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