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The Malaysian Genomics Resource Center Berhad has updated its free online bioinformatics analysis tools and reference databases. Among other improvements, it has integrated its alignment tool SynaBlast-Mega with sequence data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information's GenBank database, which will allow users to submit up to 10 megabases of sequence query data for analysis. Additionally, it has incorporated datasets from fungal, bacterial, plant, and invertebrate genomes, along with mammalian genomes.

Ion Torrent has released an application note detailing increased read lengths for its PGM, using kits and protocols that it expects to release in the fourth quarter.

Sequencing an Escherichia coli strain, the company said it generated around 350,000 reads from one run on the PGM with average read lengths of 163 base pairs and a maximum read length of 265 base pairs. The run had an average total per-base error rate of 1.2 percent and an error rate at base 150 of 2.99 percent.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.