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Led by DNAstack and supported by Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster, COVID Cloud looks to build a nationwide bioinformatics infrastructure to address the pandemic.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.

Researchers saw similar cell hierarchies and progenitor cell clusters when comparing single-cell RNA sequencing data for cells from glioblastoma tumors and developing brains.

Own Merits

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Along with significantly mutated genes across cutaneous melanoma cases, researchers saw loss-of-function mutations in the X chromosome gene DDX3X in tumors from male patients.

Not Taking the Post

Following discrimination allegations, NICHD's Constantine Stratakis withdraws from a new position at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Science reports.

Investigators worldwide are sharing data to search for features in the human genome that might contribute to COVID-19 susceptibility or progression.

A large genome-wide association study that included more than 400,000 UK Biobank participants led to 69 new or known loci associated with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.

Code to Handle It

In a Nature commentary, researchers call for the development of an international code of conduct for genomics.

In Science this week: discussions of definition of 'human' and expression profiles of blood cells.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.