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European Bioinformatics Institute


The European Bioinformatics Institute this week launched Genome Reviews, a database for information on completely sequenced genomes available at The product cross-references submissions to the public sequence data-bases with other resources. Version 1.0 contains 256 chromosomes and plasmids, representing the complete genomes of 153 prokaryotic organisms. New features representing processed protein products have been added, enabling the tracking of functional chains and signal sequences. Further, each locus (roughly equivalent to a gene) has been tagged to indicate its relative location on the genome.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.