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Under the collaboration, Life Technologies will provide a SOLiD instrument, which will join two existing SOLiD systems at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Toronto hospital for children will use the funding to perform genomic sequencing research on autism spectrum disorder patients in order to develop new screening and diagnostic tools.

With a $2.7 million grant, the genetics and imaging studies will pursue genes linked to OCD.

Agilent's Human CNV Association 2x105K microarray, based on a design by the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, is the company's second catalog CNV chip and was designed for studying associations between genomic CNVs and disease.

Genomics vs. Cancer

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Recent advances in the battle against cancer have come from sequencing, microRNAs, barcode arrays, disease stratification, pathway analysis, and more.

Speakers at the Future of Genomic Medicine conference tempered their enthusiasm about the field by highlighting a number of obstacles standing in the way of making whole-genome studies a standard part of medical care.

Bioinformatics

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.