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Merck and China's BGI said this week that they are collaborating to discover and characterize diagnostic and drug development biomarkers "across a wide range of therapeutic areas" and to develop genomic technologies.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Merck and BGI announced today that they will collaborate on the discovery and development of biomarkers and other genomic technologies.

BGI and Diagenode will collaborate to develop standard methods in sample prep for next-generation sequencing for epigenetics research, the companies said today.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and Diagenode are collaborating to implement standard methods in epigenetics and next-generation sequencing sample preparation.

Officials from both organizations said this week that they are keen to use Exonhit's SpliceArray platform in new, sequencing-driven biomarker discovery projects.

Researchers using exome sequencing to study ADHD found rare mutations they think may be causing a patient's anemia, raising the question of how to handle unrelated findings in sequencing studies.

In a proof-of-concept paper, the BGI team demonstrated that it is possible to call structural variations from short-read sequencing data by using de novo assembly instead of alignment to a reference genome.

The project combines BGI's next-generation sequencing and Exonhit's SpliceArray technologies to expand the SpliceArray platform to an additional "strategic preclinical animal model species."

The project aims to sequence the genomes of 1,000 plant and animal that hold scientific and economic importance. It expects to have 200 species sequenced and assembled by the end of the year.

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New research shows that scientists need to do a better job of including a wider diversity of African genomes in their analyses, STAT says.

A new paper in Science shows that men are still winning a large majority of the most sought-after NIH grants.

Nature Research and the Estée Lauder Companies are awarding efforts to encourage girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

In Science this week: beneficial genetic variants inherited from archaic Neanderthal and Denisovan hominins, and more.