Tech Roundup, Dec. 13, 2019 | Brazil’s promising genome project

Tech Roundup Dec. 13, 2019 | Brazil's promising genome project
Genome research using modern biotechnology methods. Photo: Sergei Drozd/Shutterstock

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics: Brazil’s genome mapping project could be a game-changer. How WhatsApp became the go-to “newsstand” for Brazilians. The economic crisis reshaped Google searches.

Mapping Brazil’s genome

A partnership between public universities and private companies will map the DNA of 15,000 Brazilian citizens, making the data available for scientists. The project, called “Brazil’s DNA,” will be funded by clinical laboratory firm Dasa, which built a BRL 6 million lab and will map the 3,000 genomes free of charge—conditioned...

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