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MedGenome South Asian Research Genotyping Array (SARGAM)

MedGenome has introduced the South Asian Research Genotyping Array, which leverages MedGenome's proprietary database of 2.5 million variants unique to the South Asian population and not available in any publicly available genetic database. MedGenome will use sequence data generated in its facility in Bengaluru, India to continue to identify unique content for SARGAM, which is based on Thermo Fisher Scientific's Applied Biosystems Axiom genotyping arrays. MedGenome said that SARGAM is intended to enable discovery research involving South Asian population cohorts, and will be ideal for consumer genomics solutions like ancestry and pharmacogenomics for the South Asian population.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.