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With the American pika as an example, researchers show that next-generation sequencing approaches may be applied to elusive and endangered species.

Thirteen institutions and life sciences companies have teamed up to launch the free repository that will offer access to allele frequency information from genomes and exomes.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A new project spearheaded by Genome British Columbia and the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) aims to assess whether pharmacists can drive adoption of genetic testing among doctors and help provide patients greater access to personalized medicine.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Personalized Medicine Initiative and molecular diagnostics firm Contextual Genomics have teamed to launch a project in Canada that will use genetic tumor profiling to choose patient's medications, the partners said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study has narrowed in on shared, overlapping sets of genes contributing to yeast reactions to a range of small molecules — chemogenomic signatures that are expected to aid future efforts to understand and predict drug responses in yeast and mammalian cells.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A trio of papers in Nature Genetics describe findings from genomic studies of an ovarian cancer called small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type, that implicate mutations in the SMARCA4 gene in the development of the disease.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two investigators at the University of British Columbia have received C$7.2 million (US$6.8 million) in funding to develop a biomarker-based blood test to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who are most at risk for lung attacks.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies has added 11 new members from the US and Canada to its Ion AmpliSeq Exome Certified Service Provider program, the company said today.

A research team led by Carl Hansen of the University of British Columbia's Centre for High-Throughput Biology has developed an integrated microfluidic device for high-throughput digital PCR analysis of single cells.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The sequence and assembly of two spruce genomes, published in Nature and Bioinformatics yesterday, offer insight into gymnosperm biology and evolution.

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AstraZeneca has released its coronavirus vaccine trial protocol, according to the New York Times.

Time magazine looks into how liquid biopsies are changing cancer care.

According to the Guardian, more than 150 countries have signed on to a global SARS-CoV-2 vaccine plan.

In PNAS this week: similar muscle protein patterns across hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotypes, analysis of gene expression and brain anatomy in major depression, and more.