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A UK consortium aims to sequence COVID-19 patients to uncover genetic variants that may contribute to disease susceptibility or severity.

Illumina will sequence 35,000 whole genomes for the Genetics of Mortality in Critical Care (GenOMICC) study and will provide an in-kind contribution.

The Smell Test

A woman's ability to smell differences between people with and without Parkinson's disease could someday lead to a tool to detect the condition early, according to NPR.

In Science this week: phase I study of CRISPR-based engineering of T cells for cancer patients, call for sewage-based global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system, and more.

A new genome-wide association study of income has drawn criticism on Twitter.

Led by investigators at the University of Oslo, the four-year CoMorMent project is slated to commence next month with a total budget of €6 million.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of epigenetic age acceleration, antimicrobial resistance genes found in organic egg farm samples, and more.

The project represents the UK portion of a broader initiative to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animals, plants, protozoa, and fungi.

The project is part of the Human Cell Atlas, an international effort to build reference maps of all human cell types using single-cell analysis.

The researchers molecularly characterized cells found in cirrhotic tissue that express genes involved in pro-fibrogenic pathways that could be targeted by drugs.

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New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.