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Genomenon Mastermind Genomic Search Engine

The latest release of Genomenon's Mastermind Genomic Search Engine indexes approximately 500,000 new genomic variants from supplemental data found in scientific publications, bringing the total number of variants in the engine to nearly 5 million. Most precision medicine tools have not been able to provide insight into supplemental data without manual curation due to the lack of a common file format, the company noted. Supplemental data is often published as an Excel, PDF, .csv, Word, text, or image file. Genomenon said that it overcame this challenge by engineering its indexing pipeline to ingest these different file formats and applying its proprietary Genomic Language Processing technology to index the content for easy retrieval by researchers. 

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.