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Cypher Genomics' Mantis

Cypher Genomics has released a new software update to automate the interpretation of sequencing data from cancer genomes. With the update, Cypher's Mantis technology will now provide rapid insight into how different genetic variants may impact cancer progression and therapeutic effectiveness, the company said. The update will also provide a summary of somatic and germline variants for single nucleotide variants and small indels, as well as resolve difficult-to-classify variants of unknown significance.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.