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Richard Chin, John Rossi, Alice Lin-Tsing, Kenneth Reed

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Moving Target: CNVs in Disease

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More and more research is linking CNVs to disease. It's not only changing the way scientists study disease, but also how clinicians diagnose it.

Obama said that the US is in danger of slipping from its lead spot in science innovation and called for "a historic investment" in research and education that would fuel innovation as the GI Bill did a half-century ago.

Attendees heard about the past and future of the Cancer Genome Atlas at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Denver this week, as the pilot stage of the project nears completion.

The scientists believe that the new protocol, published online earlier this month in Nature Methods, can be scaled up to the entire exome and could be useful in resequencing studies involving many samples. It is unclear, however, when or whether the protocol could be commercialized as a kit.

A Beal official said that the developer withdrew the request "in order to provide time for more conversations with the neighbors and community" and that it plans to refile the petition "in the near future."

The institute has purchased 22 new Genome Analyzers for its biomedical research programs.

After going through a restructuring phase at the end of last year in which it temporarily laid off its entire staff, LightSpeed continues to develop its optical detection technology and plans to test it with a new sequencing chemistry this year.

Both groups published methods that use padlock probes to target large numbers of loci containing CpG sites. In addition, one group developed a genome-wide approach that relies on a methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme.

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A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.