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In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

Combimatrix Hires Hovanes as lab director; Stephan joins Mitrionics' SAB; Obama taps Brinkman for DOE Office of Science; and more

The Salk Institute will use the Helmsley Foundation funding to launch the Center for Nutritional Genomics.

Snippets: Apr 22, 2009

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Johns Hopkins University's Genetics and Public Policy Center, National Cancer Institute, Santoris, RayBiotech

The Nuffield Council is seeking comments on whether direct-to-consumer genetic tests need to be regulated.

Karine Hovanes, Dietrich Stephan, Frank Witney, Lukas Braunschweiler

The two institutes' scale-up is another indication that the Illumina platform is becoming the dominant type of second-generation sequencer at some of the largest genome centers in the world, all of them early adopters of next-generation sequencing technology.

Papers of Note: Apr 21, 2009

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Sequencing-Related Papers of Note, March 2009

Paired Ends: Apr 21, 2009

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Dietrich Stephan, Bruce Korf, Wayne Grody, Gregory Grabowski, Anthony Gregg, Mira Irons, John Mulvihill, Kathleen Rao, Piero Rinaldo, Marc Williams, Daynna Wolff

The new budget and stimulus funds will fuel the Genome Atlas, a personalized medicine platform, and more grants to young investigators.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.