Genome & Genetics News from GenomeWeb

By resequencing 62 date palm varieties from North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, researchers have identified two genetically distinct date palm clusters.

Springboarding from his successful crowdfunding campaign, synthetic biologist Josiah Zayner wants to bring molecular biology into everyone's living room.

The Hologic-funded model predicted co-testing would lead to a lifetime savings of $39 per woman, with high cancer detection sensitivity and fewer false positive results.

FDA and CMS presented a unified front, and the FDA also released a 30-page report highlighting LDTs that are not regulated by the agency and may have caused patient harm.

Horses in the Siberian Far East appear to have been introduced by the Yakut population within the last several hundred years, adapting to the environment since then.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing study of Yakutian horses, tardigrade genome, and more.

A guest post at Retraction Watch discusses what funders can do to improve research reproducibility.

Researchers report in Nature this week that farming led to genomic adaptations in humans.

The FDA argues that it needs to evaluate the safety and efficacy of laboratory-developed tests, a proposal that divides Republicans.

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This webinar highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the NCBI BLAST service.

Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is maturing as a technology, becom­ing the central platform and gold standard for much of the molecular research and molecular diagnostics performed today. Behind this success is the field’s increasing awareness of the importance of quality control, validation, and performance assessment.

Lucigen has developed an NGS library technology that generates 20 kb mate pair reads that jump across repetitive elements found in microbial genomes (, which dramatically improves the success of assembly de novo by resolving repeat elements and ordering contigs. Six microbial genomes have been assembled de novo and completely closed and finished using Lucigen’s NxSeq® 20 kb mate pair library kit, a companion fragment library, and SPAdes assembly software.