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A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Researchers are sampling the wild relatives of modern crops to try to preserve genetic diversity, NPR reports.

Using RNA sequencing, researchers profiled gene expression patterns in cutaneous leishmaniasis lesions, identifying a handful of genes with treatment-associated expression.

At Altitude

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Genotypes for more than 12,000 individuals from the Americas revealed contributions from European colonization, the Atlantic slave trade, and other migrations.

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Isothermal molecular assays to diagnose a parasitic infection that afflicts approximately 300 million people are moving closer to commercialization.

Researchers uncovered consistent day-to-night changes in microbial abundance based on metagenomic sequences for almost 800 air samples collected at a tropical site in Singapore.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.

Do It on Purpose?

A team of researchers says introducing microbes to Mars is inevitable and should be done proactively, Business Insider reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic diversity of invasive Echium plantagineum, gene-miRNA interactions in abdominal aortic aneurysm, and more.

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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.