CDC University of Minnesota Genomics Center Gets $750K CDC Contract to Sequence SARS-CoV-2 UMGC will work with the Minnesota Department of Health to sequence 6,000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes from in and around the state to aid in virus surveillance efforts. LGC Biosearch Technologies Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for SARS-CoV-2 Test The PCR test is designed to detect the N gene of the virus in a variety of healthcare provider-collected specimens including anterior nasal swabs. Biden Administration Commits $1.7B to SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing, Surveillance Of the total, $1 billion will be used to expand viral genome sequencing while the remainder will fund genomic epidemiology centers and new bioinformatics infrastructure. Fulgent Genetics, Aegis Sciences Win CDC Contracts for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance The competitive contracts support sequencing of random positive patient samples by the commercial diagnostic labs. LexaGene Open-Access Syndromic Panel Platform Lets Labs Customize Targets, Including SARS-CoV-2 Premium The MiQLab system can look for 27 different targets, allowing the detection of SARS-CoV-2 as well as the determination of specific variants. Feb 17, 2021 Biden Administration Will Provide $1.6B to Improve COVID-19 Testing and Sequencing Feb 4, 2021 NYC to Fund Coronavirus Surveillance Sequencing as Congress Proposes $2B for Nationwide Program Jan 19, 2021 Quest Diagnostics Wins CDC Contract to Sequence SARS-CoV-2 Samples Jan 5, 2021 Illumina, Helix Collaborate on CDC-Coordinated Coronavirus Surveillance Dec 28, 2020 President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent Dec 22, 2020 Congress Approves 3 Percent Increase in NIH Budget for Fiscal 2021 Dec 4, 2020 FDA Authorizes Use of Pooled Samples With CDC Coronavirus Test Dec 2, 2020 CDC Advises Avoiding Holiday Travel, Using SARS-CoV-2 Testing to Mitigate Risk During COVID-19 Surge Nov 30, 2020 AquaVitas Partners With HHS, CDC on Wastewater Coronavirus Study Oct 12, 2020 Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative Launches With $100M Investment Sep 11, 2020 NIST Creating Reference Material for SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Assay Developers Premium Sep 8, 2020 As Flu Season Nears, Dx Companies Shift Attention to Multiplex Tests for SARS-CoV-2, Influenza Premium Jul 14, 2020 House Committee Votes for $5.5B Boost to NIH Budget Jul 3, 2020 CDC Combined COVID-19/Influenza Test Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization Jun 16, 2020 Roche, SpeeDx Partner to Expand Access to Antibiotic Resistance Tests Jun 4, 2020 CDC Develops Test for Simultaneous Detection of COVID-19, Flu May 20, 2020 Q&A: Dartmouth's Gregory Tsongalis on Implementing Molecular SARS-CoV-2 Tests in the Lab Premium May 1, 2020 CDC Leads Public-Private Consortium to Coordinate SARS-CoV-2 Genome Sequencing in US Apr 16, 2020 UCSF, Mammoth Bio Develop Rapid Coronavirus Diagnostic Using CRISPR-Cas12 Method Apr 6, 2020 ScienCell SARS-CoV-2 Test Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization Load More Breaking News Pediatric Medulloblastoma Subgroups May Benefit from Lower-Dose Radiation Therapy Space Radiation Shows Limited Effects on Mammalian Sperm DNA, Fertility Bluestar Genomics Sues Former Consultant, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Over IP Ownership New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: 10x Genomics, Swift Biosciences, Agilent Technologies, More In Brief This Week: Quantum-Si, TGen, Yale, and More People in the News: New Appointments at Invitae, PGDx, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio, More The Scan Fertility Fraud Found Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today. Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports. Test Warning The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK. Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.