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CHICAGO – Add IBM to the growing list of companies developing new information technology to expedite research into the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in hopes of finding treatments for COVID-19.

IBM Research said that it has been "actively developing" new cloud and artificial intelligence-based technologies to help researchers accelerate drug discovery and treatment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with IBM Watson Health, the company has announced the free availability of a series of informatics tools in pursuit of answers.

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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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In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Johnson, founder of the Texas A&M AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Service, will share how his team is utilizing Illumina’s DRAGEN informatics platform in its high-throughput agrigenomics research program.