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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and the University of Birmingham in the UK today announced a collaboration directed at research on environmental and human health.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and the University of Edinburgh will partner in an effort aimed at enhancing the university's genomics and bioinformatics activities in biomedical research and livestock studies, BGI said today.

The National Institutes of Health has updated its CellMiner software, available on the National Cancer Institute's website.

Illumina has launched its Nextera Exome and Custom Enrichment Kits for sample preparation for next-gen sequencing. The kits require 50 nanograms of starting DNA.

BGI has used a new internet link to transfer genomic data from China to the US at a sustained rate of almost 10 gigabits per second.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators at BGI-Shenzhen, Lanzhou University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has sequenced and started analyzing a draft version of the domestic yak genome, uncovering genetic adaptations that appear to assist the animal with life

Illumina has launched its RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing Service, which uses the HiSeq 2500 sequencing instrument and the company's new iSAAC genome alignment software to sequence and align a whole human genome in five days.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI will work together on a sequencing-based project to discover genetic variants involved in 1,000 rare diseases, the partners said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GE Healthcare and BGI today announced a multi-year research collaboration to explore the underlying genetic variation between ethnically diverse human stem cell lines.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators at China's Nanjing Agricultural University announced today that it has finished sequencing a draft version of the pear genome and is making data from the effort available to other researchers online.

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In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.