Illumina has added Phasing Analysis Service to its FastTrack Services laboratory through the Illumina Genome Network. The phasing service makes use of synthetic long read technology developed by Moleculo, which Illumina acquired in January. The new service is available for add-on to the IGN's Whole-Genome Analysis Service, with results delivered within 12 weeks.
The University of California, Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group has launched the Variant Annotation Integrator, a software tool that will determine the predicted function effect of variants. There is also the option to add other information including the dbSNP identifier, protein damage scores for missense variants, and conservation scores computed from multi-species alignments.