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The Chinese institute will provide the global metagenomics effort to create a Gene Atlas with sequencing, sampling, informatics, and other genomics support.

A BGI Americas official recently outlined some previously undisclosed projects and provided updates on ongoing initiatives ranging from disease-related sequencing to de novo assembly of model organisms.

"Given the essential role of microbes for life on our planet, and our lack of understanding of their complexity and diversity, it is critical that we conquer this unknown frontier," BGI's president said in a statement.

Paired Ends: Mar 22, 2011


Huanming Yang

Using sequencing technology, researchers will try to detect unknown pathogens that may be associated with cancer and develop a genome atlas of the Danish population.

Paired Ends: Feb 1, 2011


Julia Dan, Paul Tu, Joyce Peng

Researchers from China, Denmark, and the UK used high-throughput sequencing to identify and characterize methylation sites in mononuclear peripheral blood cells from an Asian man whose genome was sequenced for a previous study.

BGI and OpGen believe that OpGen’s optical mapping technology will complement next-generation sequencing in order to "enable the efficient and accurate finishing of assembled contigs into chromosomes."

Researchers presented an outline of the project goals and methods at the American Society for Human Genetics meeting last week. The scientists are currently analyzing the data and hope to obtain first results within a few months.

At the ASHG meeting in Washington, DC, researchers from the LuCAMP consortium described their exome sequencing and genotyping approach for finding lower frequency variants linked to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more people get sick and die from drug-resistant germs than previously thought, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

New rules seek to limit the type of scientific and medical research that can be used to guide public health regulations, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: FreeHi-C approach simulates Hi-C data from interacting genome fragments, and more.