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New Products: Illumina's Phasing Analysis Service; UCSC's Variant Annotation Integrator

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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.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.