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The device can process high-volume sputum samples for PCR-based Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection at smear-negative, culture-positive levels.

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The New York Times warns in an editorial that 23andMe health risk tests may not provide useful information.

This week's news includes Illumina, Becton Dickinson, PerkinElmer, iGene Laboratory, Novacyt, Twist Bioscience, Lustgarten Foundation, and GlaxoSmithKline.

At the PAG conference, researchers said they are sequencing 100 tomato genomes in 100 days using Oxford Nanopore's PromethIon and a pipeline for maximizing SV diversity.

In PLOS this week: links between placental transcriptome and weight; colorectal cancer-related microRNAs; and more.

In Science this week: metagenomic nanopore sequencing of Lassa fever outbreak, and more.

In Genome Biology this week: catalog of curated human genes and transcripts; potential biomarkers for aging; and more.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: updated Aspergillus niger genome annotation, high-throughput sequencing strategy for profiling RNA structure, and more.

In Nature this week: study of human-Neanderthal interbreeding, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder risk loci reported, and more.

With sequence data for 910 African individuals, researchers found more than 296 million bases of sequence not represented in the human reference genome GRCh38.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia's announcement of a coronavirus vaccine approval was met with concern as safety testing has not yet been completed.

New Scientist writes there aren't much data available on the accuracy of the two rapid COVID-19 tests the UK plans to roll out.

In PNAS this week: downstream effect of oncoprotein fusion, epigenetic changes influence tRNAs in colon cancer, and more.

Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.