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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: computational pipeline to find alternative transcription start sites, search for pathogenic mutations in Coats plus syndrome, and more.

In Science this week: blood test to detect common cancers early, and more.

Salmon Diversity Lost

A genetic analysis in PLOS One finds that Chinook salmon living in the Columbia River have lost much of their genetic diversity.

Researchers are exploring the genetics of Christmas trees to make them more durable, according to Wired.

In Genome Biology this week: heritable DNA methylation in Arabidopsis, genetic networks linked to agronomical traits in soybean, and more.

The Washington State University and the University of Utah researchers said epigenetic variation may contribute to environmental adaptation in the birds.

The Genetics of Sleep

Two research teams uncover genetic variants that influence sleep, the Guardian reports.

A study of Tasmanian devil genomes suggests they are evolving resistance to devil facial tumor disease.

The partners aim to establish and conduct programs and activities in agricultural research, technology, information transfer, and economic development.  

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Antarctic midge genome appears to have jettisoned a slew of sequences from its genome during adaptation to its extreme environment, but has managed to avoid dramatic reductions in its protein-coding gene set, according to a new Nature Communications

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Two COVID-19 vaccine developers have released their trial protocols to build public trust, the New York Times reports.

A new analysis finds the rapid COVID-19 test from DnaNudge to be highly accurate, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: global citizens' assembly on genome-editing technologies proposed, epigenetic markers predict metformin response, and more.

According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.