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Ten Years Ago These Numbers Would've Been Typos

Steven Salzberg has a post at Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience about a recent call for a project to sequence 10,000 vertebrate genomes. The proposal, from a consortium led by David Haussler and Stephen O'Brien, "is also the opening salvo in an effort to raise $50-100 million for the sequencing of these species," Salzberg writes. He's enthusiastic about the project, but suggests that its target -- funding from NIH -- is off base. "I’m going to be the skeptic here: if NIH is thinking of throwing its sequencing dollars at 10,000 more genomes, I suggest that it focus on humans rather than a broad collection of other vertebrates," he says.

In a completely unrelated post, Jonathan Eisen is celebrating a milestone for microbes -- there are now 1,000 complete bacterial and archaeal genomes in Genbank, he says.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

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.