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The research suggests that pangolins are natural hosts of Betacoronaviruses but does not support the idea that SARS-CoV-2 emerged directly from pangolins.

In Science this week: genome of a wild wheatgrass that is resistant to fungal disease, and more.

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.

Sweet Assembly

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Inqaba will distribute DNAStar's Lasergene software suite for DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analysis in Africa.

Using 350 human genomes from different populations, the two centers plan to develop a multi-genome reference sequence that is as complete as possible.

In Nature this week: study of RNA polymerase that transcribes influenza, annotated chromosome-level reference genome assembly for the pea, and more.

Illumina is contributing reagents for 100 genomes worth of short-read sequence data to help scientists generate 100 new high-quality reference genomes.

Two BioRxiv preprints describe new algorithms that the developers say can accelerate the pace of genome analysis.

In Nature this week: circular consensus sequencing method to sequence and assemble a human genome, a new CRISPR platform using the Cpf1 endonuclease, and more.

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New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.