University of Paris Severe COVID-19 Patients Show Antiviral Immunity Defects in Single-Cell Analysis The typical immune system roles of dendritic cells are disrupted in patients with severe COVID-19, a single-cell RNA sequencing analysis has found. Ancient DNA Study Argues Against Horses Domesticated in Anatolia Researchers characterized more than 100 ancient equid samples stretching over some 9,000 years, spanning the early Neolithic Age to the Iron Age. French Genetic Study Provides Insights Into Pre-Agriculture to Iron Age Populations With data on almost 250 individuals, researchers saw shifting hunter-gatherer, Anatolian farmer, and Pontic steppe ancestry in French populations going back thousands of years. COVID-19 Testing Could Get Boost From Alternative Sample Types Premium Replacing nasopharyngeal swabs with saliva samples or nasal swabs could increase throughput and convenience, as well as relieve reagent and equipment shortages. Metastatic Breast Cancer Genomes Point to Distinct Features, Tumor Evolution With exome sequences from more than 600 metastatic breast tumors, researchers identified genomic alterations related to tumor progression, treatment response, and patient outcomes. Dec 19, 2018 French Medical Genomics Initiative's Pilot Sequencing Platforms Set to Commence Operations Premium Apr 22, 2016 EU Awards Team $3.3M to Develop Protein Sequencing Platform Premium Feb 24, 2016 Team Ties Tumor Microenvironment to Metastasis in Colorectal Cancer Sep 24, 2015 Genomic Study Explores Adaptations Found in Fungi Used for Making Cheese Feb 23, 2009 BioRegion Newsmakers: Feb 23, 2009 Premium Feb 18, 2009 People Transfer: Feb 18, 2009 Premium Breaking News Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.