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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Veterans Affairs of Greater Los Angeles Health System last month became the first institution within the VA to begin performing next-generation sequencing-based cancer testing, starting with a panel for hematologic malignancies.

The move is part of a broader push by the VA to bring advanced molecular testing in house in order to make it more cost-effective, streamline and standardize the process for doctors, and gauge markers that are relevant to the veteran population.

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

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Oct
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Sponsored by
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Oct
27
Sponsored by
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