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More Variants to Come

Additional, more contagious variants of SARS-CoV-2 are likely to crop up, the Financial Times says.

The study, which focused on Europeans, also highlighted a role for enhancers during embryonic development in determining facial features.

The company and its collaborators previously published a study linking saliva concentrations of multiple microRNAs with concussion duration and symptoms in children.

In PLOS this week: computational tool to uncover selection within populations, sequencing-based analysis of canine lymphoma, and more.

With genome sequence alignments and phylogenetic analyses focused on non-recombining regions, researchers traced the SARS-CoV-2 lineage in bats back at least 40 years.

Inside Higher Ed reports faculty members want a say in re-opening discussions.

French startup SeqOne has adapted its sequencing data-analysis platform to support a new method for high-throughput processing of coronavirus tests in its home country.

Assays like SwabSeq, Dx-Seq, and LAMP-Seq promise to analyze tens to hundreds of thousands of samples in parallel but might be constrained by sample availability.

Policies regarding data sharing and re-use also influenced people's willingness to contribute their genomic data to resources run by various types of organizations.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of the venomous Hispaniolan solenodon, Epstein-Barr virus amplification in replication compartments, and more.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.