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Personalis ImmunogenomicsID and NeoantigenID

Personalis has launched ImmunogenomicsID, which combines DNA and RNA sequencing data to generate an immunogenomic profile of a tumor and its microenvironment. The product is designed to help identify biomarkers and signatures that can impact patient response to cancer immunotherapies. It is a new component and extension of the company's existing ACE ImmunoID Platform, which combines genome-scale sequencing with data analytics for broad tumor immunogenomic characterization.  

The company also announced the latest release of NeoantigenID, a component of the ACE ImmunoID platform. ACE ImmunoID, which uses Personalis' patented ACE technology, combines augmented exome and transcriptome sequencing with analytics to enable broad tumor immunogenomic characterization. This newest release of NeoantigenID not only identifies candidate neoantigens derived from single nucleotide variants, but now also includes putative neoantigens derived from insertion and deletion mutations and gene fusions, for both MHC Class I and Class II, the company said. The new analytics integrate DNA and RNA sequencing data to calculate neoantigen load, expression of genes, and expression of variants, while incorporating phasing information to improve the accuracy of neoantigen prediction.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.