Latest Genomics News

The AP Interview: Scientist says omicron was a group find

Dec. 03, 2021 15:24 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. ...

India confirms omicron variant cases, says get the shot now

Dec. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday confirmed its first cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in two people and officials said one arrived from South Africa and the other had no travel history. A top medical expert urged people to get vaccinated. The Health Ministry...

DNA matches body to Alaska man last seen alive in 1979

Dec. 01, 2021 22:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of a man found on Fire Island just west of Anchorage in 1989 have been identified through DNA and genome sequencing, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday. Troopers said the victim was Michael Allison Beavers, who owned an excavation...

South Africa's new COVID cases double in 1 day amid omicron

Dec. 01, 2021 16:02 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge in the country where scientists detected the omicron variant last week. New confirmed cases rose to 8,561 Wednesday from 4,373 a...

US tracking of virus variants has improved after slow start

Nov. 30, 2021 14:02 PM EST

After a slow start, the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since early this year. Viruses mutate constantly. To find and track new...

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Nov. 30, 2021 06:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a Namibian diplomat who recently arrived from his country, officials said. Chief Cabinet Secretary said the patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive upon arrival at Narita...

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

Oct. 05, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years, said Tuesday he is stepping down, capping a career in which he directed crucial research into the human genome and the fight against serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and...

COVID sequencing hunts for variants at Tennessee’s state lab

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Once a week, in an unremarkable brick building in East Nashville, a few dozen samples of the coronavirus undergo a journey that is nothing short of extraordinary. Lab workers use magnetic beads to strip the microscopic virus of its genetic code,...

Holocaust survivor, scholar awarded $815,000 Balzan Prize

Sep. 13, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Israeli-French-American Holocaust survivor and historian and a U.S. scientist specializing in gut bacteria were among the recipients this year’s Balzan Prizes, recognizing scholarly and scientific achievements, announced on Monday. Saul Friedlander,...