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MENADNA And Nebula Genomics Enter New Partnership

The venture will offer Whole Genome Sequencing in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq, with Saudi Arabia to follow.

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MENADNA, a leading bioinformatics and genetic testing startup focused in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has announced a new commercial partnership with Nebula Genomics, a trailblazer in personalized genome sequencing. The high-level collaboration sees MENADNA added as an exclusive partner of Nebula Genomics in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq, with plans already in place for further expansion into Saudi Arabia in the near future.

The partnership will cover an extra 56 million people across the region, and by leveraging the advanced sequencing technologies of Nebula Genomics, MENADNA hopes to expand and upgrade its proprietary bioinformatics platform for what has historically been an underserved region.

The MENA represents a very diverse genetic landscape but is currently underrepresented in global genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which predominantly feature European ancestries. The collaboration aims to contribute valuable data from the region’s population, enriching global genetic databases and advancing local research.

Dr. Bassam El Fahmawi, CEO of MENADNA, shared his vision and enthusiasm for the partnership: “Our collaboration with Nebula Genomics is a game-changer for genomic testing in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq. By combining Nebula’s state-of-the-art sequencing technology with our specialized bioinformatics pipeline, we can provide more accurate, region-specific genomic insights. This is crucial, as less than 2% of genomic data available today comes from the region despite its rich genetic diversity. Our joint efforts will not only enhance patient care but also significantly contribute to the global understanding of genetic variations and their impact on health”.

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Jason Karkus, President of Nebula Genomics, also commented: “Nebula Genomics, a global pioneer in Whole Genome Sequencing, is pleased to partner with MENADNA, bringing our cutting edge, low-cost technology to Jordan, Oman, and Iraq. This is an exciting partnership, which we believe will lead to a substantial business relationship between our companies. Our combined expertise in Whole Genome Sequencing, proprietary reporting, bioinformatics, and large-scale distribution in the region, make us a perfect match for this strategic partnership”.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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