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Tibetan Mastiff

By interbreeding with highland wolves, Tibetan Mastiffs were able to quickly adapt to high altitudes.

The researchers said that although improvements are needed for accurate basecalling, the MinIon is suitable for structural variant identification and haplotype phasing. 

After passing the House of Representatives last week, the legislation is now set to go before President Barack Obama, who said he will sign it into law.

The case is being framed as either upholding a strong patent regime or dealing a blow to US-based manufacturing as part of the global supply chain.

The company is planning to work with up to 40 sites, with an initial goal of sequencing circulating cell-free DNA from 10,000 people.

The final text of the bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act might smooth over the differences between NSF and the House science committee, ScienceInsider says.

Four Republican lawmakers urge President-elect Donald Trump to keep Francis Collins as NIH director, Stat News reports.

In Genome Research this week: Platinum variant catalog, algorithmic strategy for upgrading fragmented assemblies, and more.

Sequencing of a 10,000-year-old mummy leads to its repatriation to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Nature News reports.

This white paper offers advice from two industry experts, Jill Northup from Medical College of Wisconsin, and Philip Cotter from ResearchDx, on setting up a clinical NGS laboratory. The paper covers the general principles of CLIA certification and their specific application to clinical NGS, as well as considerations on implementing informatics to support validated workflows.

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) of bisulfite-converted DNA to detect methylation status with per-base resolution is currently restricted by input requirements, requiring at least 50 ng of DNA. This Application Note shows how the unique chemistry of the Accel-NGS Methyl-Seq DNA Library Kit enables the construction of high complexity libraries for:

•      Genome-wide methylation analysis from 5 ng of human cell-free DNA (cfDNA).

Humanized NSG and NSG-SGM3 mice are a new preclinical bridge for immune-oncology therapies. Humanized mice are a proven host for engraftment of human tumors or establishment of human immunity following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Understanding the interactions between human immune cells and tumors is paramount when devising treatment strategies that prevent tumor evasion of immune cells and improve cytotoxic responses.