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Full Genomes Whole Genome Ancestry Test

Full Genomes, in collaboration with Novogene, has launched GenomeGuide, one of the first whole genome tests for ancestry purposes. The test includes raw data (BAM file), variant summary reports from SnpEff and VEP that are compatible with third-party tools, autosomal and x-chromosomal variant identification files, and mitochondrial and Y chromosome reports (for males). Novogene will deliver high-quality WGS data using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten, system capable of sequencing up to 18,000 human genomes per year at the lowest cost per genome, and will apply its advanced bioinformatics capabilities and expertise to provide variant analysis. GenomeGuide is now available to consumers for $895.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.