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CHICAGO – A group of life sciences and bioinformatics companies have banded together in the race to find treatments, vaccines, and a cure for COVID-19.

The fledgling EndPandemic National Data Consortium said last week that seven firms have signed on to the group within two weeks of its formation to work toward data-driven responses to SARS-CoV-2 and related COVID-19 disease. They plan on integrating and analyzing data from current and future clinical trials and clinical records to accelerate research.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In Genome Biology this week: algorithm to assess regulatory features, approach to integrate multiple single-cell RNA-seq datasets, and more.

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23
Sponsored by
Roche

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