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Some core labs are expecting long waitlists in 2021 as PacBio's HiFi reads draw interest from researchers looking to put together whole genomes.

In Nature this week: computational tool for the hybrid de novo assembly of human genomes, and more.

Researchers identified several immune-related genes in a GWAS that included more than 2,200 COVID-19 patients treated in UK intensive care units.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.

The European Commission awarded a consortium of private companies and academic researchers €759,000 recently to carry out their plans.

Researchers have linked three common gene variants to severe COVID-19 risk, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: Zika virus mutation linked to increased transmission, variants associated with inherited hearing loss, and more.

The technology could be developed into therapies for diseases caused by DNA transversion point mutations, and used to conduct molecular research on such conditions.

UK researchers are to launch a genetic study of chronic fatigue syndrome, the Guardian reports.

In the study, called Coronagenes, the team aims to identify genes that influence the risk of developing COVID-19 and affect disease severity.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.