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NEW YORK – A new genome-wide association study led by University of Edinburgh investigators suggests genes that contribute to antiviral and inflammatory functions of the immune system may mediate COVID-19 disease severity in individuals from the UK, offering an avenue for developing, testing, and tailoring treatment options.

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.

Jan
26
Sponsored by
LGC, Biosearch Technologies

Reduced representation next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods are driving understanding of both physical and structural variation in all species.

Feb
18
Sponsored by
BD

The composition of the immune infiltrate in the human tumor microenvironment is a critical determinant of disease progression. 

Feb
25
Sponsored by
Foundation Medicine

In this session, the second in the Precision Oncology News Virtual Molecular Tumor Board Series, our expert panelists will review cases in which patient genomic profiles exhibit common driver mutations in tumor types considered “off label” for targeted therapies associated with those mutations.