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The GenomeWeb Index fell 2 percent, outperforming the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index but doing worse than the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq.

Illumina said the NextSeq 2000 and NextSeq 1000 reduce run costs by up to 50 percent, compared to the NextSeq 550 model, while increasing the data output.

Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy discussed the firm's pipeline and plans for 2020 and beyond, while NanoString CEO Brad Gray talked about the company's GeoMx digital spatial profiling technology, among other presentations Wednesday.

On the second day of the conference, updates came not just from the publicly traded industry giants but also privately held firms of interest, such as Caris and GenapSys.

The deal provides whole-genome sequencing for patients with rare diseases or cancer and could make sequencing part of the standard of care for NHS England.

The Mayo Clinic Platform, now headed by John Halamka, will lean on Nference for multi-omics analytics to inform biomedical R&D and postmarketing surveillance.

On Monday Qiagen reiterated its preliminary 2019 earnings figures and addressed an investor's wrath, while Guardant Health highlighted its cancer testing plans.

Illumina also said it is developing a regulated version of its high-throughput NovaSeq system to address growing demand for a diagnostic platform with higher throughput.

Meridian CEO Jack Kenny said the firm needs to develop a new MDx platform, while Genapsys resurfaced with an update on its portable sequencing platform.

Among the updates provided at the conference on Wednesday, Luminex discussed development and plans for the Verigene II system, and GenMark touted its ePlex test portfolio.

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Two COVID-19 vaccine developers have released their trial protocols to build public trust, the New York Times reports.

A new analysis finds the rapid COVID-19 test from DnaNudge to be highly accurate, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: global citizens' assembly on genome-editing technologies proposed, epigenetic markers predict metformin response, and more.

According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.