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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The X Prize Foundation has decided to cancel the Archon Genomics X Prize, saying that the plummeting cost of sequencing a genome had rendered the competition moot.

The Archon Genomics X Prize, backed by a new sponsor, has revised the guidelines for the competition to reflect its interest in attaining a "medical grade genome," the X Prize Foundation said this week.

Earlier this month, the X Prize Foundation appointed Grant Campany as senior director for the Archon Genomics X Prize. The prize offers a $10 million cash award to the first team to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days or less for a maximum of $1 million in total costs.

Cracker becomes the first Asia-based contender for the $10 million prize and eighth contender overall.

The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.