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In PLOS this week: integrative software tool to analyze microbiome data, lipidome of ascariasis-causing nematode, and more.

The timing of the divergence of the Measles morbillivirus and Rinderpest morbillivirus lineages traces to about when human populations began to live in cities.

The grants were awarded as part of Australia's Genomics Health Futures Mission, which was launched in 2018 as part of a broader health research initiative.

Replacing nasopharyngeal swabs with saliva samples or nasal swabs could increase throughput and convenience, as well as relieve reagent and equipment shortages.

The project, the first under a partnership between the university and Illumina announced last year, will apply whole-genome sequencing to challenging cancers types.

An Australian team developed a decision model for testing asymptomatic relatives of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy to assess the cost effectiveness of testing.

Despite the diversity detected in Group A Streptococcus strains from more than 20 countries, investigators narrowed in on broadly shared sequences with relatively low variation.

An Australian twin study finds that environmental factors rather than genetic ones may sway early cavity development, Reuters reports.

Using data for nearly 45,000 epilepsy cases and controls, researchers identified loci contributing to focal epilepsy, genetic generalized epilepsy, or unclassified epilepsy.

The study provided whole-exome diagnostic sequencing for 106 newborns with hearing loss while also offering optional screening results for genes associated with childhood-onset conditions.

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The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

The New York Times reports that Cedars-Sinai researchers have uncovered a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Southern California.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pan-cancer atlas focus on miRNA biogenesis mutations, methylation analysis of pig skeletal muscles, and more.

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.