data security Under Examination The Guardian says health regulators in different countries are looking into BGI's prenatal test following a July report from Reuters. Europe's Genomics Community Wrestling With Uncertainty Presented by Privacy Legislation Premium At the European Society of Human Genetics meeting, experts discussed how to resolve questions raised by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation around genomic data sharing. Data Privacy Concerns Top of Mind for Planned African Genome Project Premium As organizers develop a plan to sequence 3 million genomes across Africa, bioinformaticians weigh the benefits and risks of such a large, diverse dataset. How Much of a Threat? Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned. BC Platforms Enlists TripleBlind for AI Data Protection Data privacy firm TripleBlind will add a layer of data encryption to BC Platforms' BCRquest biobank network as part of a Finnish consortium to promote health data sharing. Breaking News Beckman Coulter, Invitae Partner to Develop NGS Library Prep Applications Sick Infants Profiled with WGS See Better Diagnosis, More Care Changes UC Santa Cruz Center for Live Cell Genomics Wins $13.5M NIH Grant Genetron Health, Impact Therapeutics Partner for Anti-Cancer Drug, CDx Development Canaccord Genuity Initiates Coverage of Pacific Biosciences With Buy Rating Alternative Genetic Counseling Approach Leads to Higher Patient Satisfaction, Study Suggests The Scan Highly Similar Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News. Gain of Oversight According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research. Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.