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These hybrid capture-based methods target gene transcripts of interest, which could shrink sequencing costs for some experiments by as much as 90 percent.

A new microbiome analysis uncovered cancer type-specific bacterial community features, along with intracellular bacteria in tumor and associated immune cells.

Researchers saw a shift toward lower gut bifidobacterial levels and a dip in pro-inflammatory Th17 immune cells due to ketone bodies production.

The funding, provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will help test and study the Bay Area population in general as well as healthcare workers in particular.

The researchers said their assay can be run in 30 to 45 minutes, with 95 percent positive predictive agreement and 100 percent negative predictive agreement.

Among other projects, PacBio is working with LabCorp to sequence a large number of SARS-CoV-2 genomes from de-identified positive samples.

The data identified common variants that alter gene expression constantly across development, or predominantly during the prenatal or postnatal stages.

Women with breast cancer from Peru, Mexico, or Colombia who had greater Indigenous American ancestry were more likely to have HER2-positive tumors.

In a Different Lab

NPR reports that graduate students in the US are helping with SARS-CoV-2 testing.

In Science this week: sequencing of diverse human genomes gives insight into genetic variation and population history, commentary on data sharing, and more.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on the struggle to meet the demand for rapid COVID-19 testing.

The Newsroom reports New Zealand is using genomics to trace the origins of its new coronavirus outbreak.

In Nature this week: researchers in Canada sequence the genome of the black mustard plant Brassica nigra, and more.

According to Bloomberg, Moderna has a $1.5 billion vaccine deal with the US to provide 100 million doses.