The Short Read Headache


One of the biggest challenges these days for next-gen sequencing is informatics, and that ranges from primary analysis to secondary alignment and assembly. While many researchers continue to take advantage of vendor-supplied pipelines, a slew of third-party software packages is becoming available as users try to make the most of what the new instruments can do. One of the most challenging tasks confronting scientists is choosing the best algorithm to use.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.

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In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.