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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Personalis announced Tuesday that it has received a contract to provide sequencing and data analysis for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has enrolled its 100,000th volunteer for the Million Veteran Program, a large-scale, longitudinal research effort to uncover genes associated with diseases and advance personalized treatment strategies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation said today that it will collaborate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs in a study of the molecular and genetic causes of multiple myeloma.

According to core director Jon Klein, the instrument will be used for qualitative and quantitative protein work. While no decision regarding a machine has been made, his team "will certainly be looking at the new Orbitrap Elite or equivalent instruments."

The University of Louisville's proteomics core will use a grant from Veterans Affairs to buy a new mass spectrometer to serve as a shared resource.

The company is developing genomic and healthcare data management tools for the VA's Million Veterans Project.

Over the next five to seven years, the VA aims to enroll one million veterans who will provide blood samples, fill out surveys about health and health-related behaviors, and allow secure access to VA medical and health information.

The VA's program to store genomic and other health data from one million veterans will expand from one site to a national program in the coming years.

"The number of customers using our PCT platform in the workflow for mass spectrometry has increased dramatically in the last year, and so we're addressing that market particularly," said PBI's CEO.

The US government is seeking firms in the Bay Area and vicinity interested in designing new genomics and translational research centers planned for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus in Palo Alto, Calif.


A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.