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In a paper published online in advance in Genome Research this week, the European Bioinformatics Institute's Ewan Birney and his colleagues propose an approach for the efficient storage of re-sequencing data, based on compressing reference sequence information. "We align new sequences to a reference genome and then encode the differences between the new sequence and the reference genome for storage," Birney et al.

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