HHMI Rockefeller-Led Team Launches Initiative to Study COVID-19 Genetic Vulnerability The team believes that the project will find genetic factors involved in the development of severe COVID-19 in patients that lack risk factors. Pathogen Surveillance System Wins NIH Open Science Prize The prototype system uses viral genome data to act as a framework for real-time molecular epidemiology and evolutionary analysis of emerging epidemics. Jackson Lab Awarded $1.6M to Expand Genomics Courses The funding, which is being provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will also be used to expand the lab's outreach efforts to underrepresented student groups. People in the News: Robert Epstein, Erin O'Shea Premium Illumina announced that Robert Epstein has joined its board of directors. Epstein formerly was chief R&D officer and president of Medco-UBC, and he was Medco’s chief medical officer for 13 years. Paired Ends: Jun 21, 2011 Premium Rob Martienssen, Joseph Ecker, David Haussler, Todd Dickinson, Xing Yang Breaking News Illumina, Kartos Therapeutics Partner to Develop TP53 Companion Diagnostic Genomic Effects of Radiation From Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Examined in New Studies Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto Finalizes Coverage of Molecular Testing for Organ Transplant Rejection 23andMe Team Sees Genetic, Nongenetic Contributors to COVID-19 Risk in Trans-Ancestry Study Todos Medical Acquires Provista Diagnostics for $7.5M Renalytix AI Lands US Government Contract for Kidney Disease Test The Scan Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary" A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports. Resumption Recommendation Expected The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Canada's New Budget on Science Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research. Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.