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The company has used the technology to find errors in microbial assemblies from the Human Microbiome Project, as well as in finished genomes, and to close introduced gaps in sequenced human genomes.

BGI is “working very closely with the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration and other parties” to determine whether the resource will be a part of the consortium as well as how it will be operated.

BGI, which, according to an official, generated roughly $6.2 million in proteomics revenue last year, plans to buy around 15 new high-resolution machines and 30 to 40 triple quadrupoles as part of its efforts to expand into the clinical proteomics and pharma markets.

Having sequenced the genome of Escherichia coli O104, separate teams from Life Technologies and BGI said this week that they have developed PCR-based tests to detect the bacterium and help public health officials identify and track future outbreaks.

The California university and the Chinese institute will share genome sequencing, informatics, and other research resources.

According to Dag Harmsen, director of research at the University of Münster, the quick turnaround time of the instrument made it possible to obtain results within three days. "The biggest advantage [of the PGM] from my point of view as a public health official is that it's speedy, and speed is what is needed at the moment," he told In Sequence.

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The partners will establish joint research programs, share staff and knowledge, and create a new shared facility for genomics sequencing.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

There are two main problems when it comes to sequencing single cells: Whole-genome amplification protocols do not amplify the genome in an unbiased manner, and PCR steps in library preparation introduce additional biases and errors.

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ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.