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BGI will study pancreatic cancer with a group at Johns Hopkins and develop a diagnostic test for preterm birth detection with Mount Sinai Hospital researchers.  

Based on genome data for 3,010 Asian rice accessions, researchers retraced the domestication history and diversity of Xian/Indica and Geng/Japonica rice.

The partners plan to share information about joint R&D activities and establish research facilities and laboratory infrastructure in Ethiopia.

In a study published in PLOS One last month, the researchers compared results from the BGISEQ-500 and the Illumina HiSeq X Ten for tumor and germline samples from three patients.

BGI has ordered 10 Sequel systems to meet long-read sequencing demand for bacterial, plant, and animal de novo, transcriptome, and epigenomics sequencing.

The Chinese government has implemented clearer regulatory guidance for genomic tests and invested in both clinical testing and research, spurring growth.

Along with sequencing and resequencing on orphan crop plants, the team is providing professional development to spur genomics-assisted plant breeding in Africa.

Among the firms reporting, BGI talked about plans to cut down the time and cost of its WGS service, and Invitae's CEO made a surprising proclamation about genetic testing.

The firms plan to integrate Curetis' Unyvero sample prep system and MGI's NGS to create a microbial pathogens and antibiotic resistance detection workflow.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.