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Investigators diagnosed additional Mendelian conditions with copy number variant analyses on pediatric patients who remained undiagnosed after exome sequencing.

At the ASHG 2020 virtual meeting, researchers presented data showing they could use the method to enrich for placental DNA in maternal plasma samples.

The firm's assay, dubbed MesoFind, uses an immunomagnetic capture method to identify surface antigens on mesothelioma pleural cells in a patient's blood sample.

Autophagy-associated genes appear to be important for immune evasion, but losing multiple of these genes could also make cancers resistant to T cell activity.

In Cell this week: proteomic and metabolomic analysis of blood from COVID-19 patients, change in phosphorylation with infection, and more.

Investigators reported that methylation profiling could distinguish brain cancer subtypes and could detect kidney cancer with striking sensitivity in early experiments.

Blood-Sucking Genome

The draft European medicinal leech genome reveals more than a dozen putative anticoagulants.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of agronomic traits in sugarcane, breastfeeding can modulate body-mass index among individuals at genetic risk of obesity, and more.

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

The study suggests that pediatric low-grade gliomas driven by genetic rearrangements tend to be diagnosed earlier and have better outcomes than those driven by SNVs.

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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.