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As Long as the Camel Doesn't Spit on the Date

Researchers at Cornell's campus in Qatar have mapped the date palm genome, according to the Gulf Times. "We have generated a draft DNA sequence and initial assembly of the date palm," Joel Malek says, a project that involved using next-gen sequencers. He and his colleagues are working to expand the draft sequence but in the meantime say their work will be made available to other researchers. The date palm is an important crop in the Middle East.

In nearby Dubai, researchers say they have cloned the first camel, a one-humped female called Injaz, or "achievement."

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.