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Called GA4GH Connect, it calls on the alliance's 500-plus members to develop new data sharing standards for use in major international genomic data initiatives.

The software, developed by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, uses machine learning methods to classify mutations as germline or somatic.

The initiatives are being funded with C$24 million over two years and will focus on acute leukemia, immuno-oncology, and brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer.

Two research groups reported on statistical methods for uncovering methylated cytosine and/or adenine bases using electrical current cues from Oxford Nanopore sequencers.

In two studies, researchers sequenced nearly 500 tumors to uncover hallmarks of aggressive prostate cancer.

An analysis of copy number changes and genomic rearrangements in more than 100 tumors suggests chromothripsis may contribute to pancreatic cancer evolution.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research will work with prostate cancer data while Dana Farber Cancer Institute's pilot has yet to be decided.

The partners will work on pilot projects that use novel analytical approaches to explore oncology molecular and imaging data.

Researchers in Canada and the UK have used data from the Oxford Nanopore MinIon alone to assemble a bacterial genome into a single contig.

The International Cancer Genome Consortium has selected Annai Systems to host data from more than 10,000 human cancer genomes.

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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.