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The two institutions will collaborate on research projects to better understand the genetic underpinnings of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

BGI and the university have pledged to cooperate in future research about the role of genes in cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, as well as create additional educational opportunities for Danish and Chinese students.

According to the NIDDK solicitation, BGI will sequence the genome of a Pima Indian on the Illumina platform and provide, within two-and-a-half months of sample delivery and quality control, 270 gigabases of sequence data, an assembly of the consensus sequence, and a comparison with other ethnic genomes.

Salzberg, who has developed a suite of open-source, freely available tools for genome assembly, alignment, and analysis, spoke with In Sequence recently on the challenges of developing informatics tools for next-generation sequencing technology.

Researchers from the BGI and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology announced today that they have sequenced the Arabian camel genome.

BGI plans to build sequencing facilities at both locations. It also wants to open branches in Southeast Asia and Australia.

BGI will recruit between 20 and 50 people during the first year of the Copenhagen HQ — to be called BGI Europe — then establish a sequencing platform allowing for the additional hiring of between 50 and 100 people.

The scientists will sequence 100 genomes on the HiSeq 2000 as part of a consortium that aims to sequence 10,000 vertebrate species.

As part of an international effort to sequence 10,000 vertebrate genomes, researchers at BGI are getting ready to sequence 100 vertebrate species over the next year or two.

The new sequence data includes 156 new insertions corresponding to novel exons and noncoding regions. The researchers also compared their data to a next-generation sequence and de novo assembled genome, highlighting the advantages and limitations of the newer technology.


Google's Project Nightingale has collected health information on millions of Americans, according to the Wall Street Journal.

An opinion piece at The Hill criticizes the proposed plan to collect DNA samples from migrants at the US border.

Nature News writes that women in chemistry are less likely to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.

In PNAS this week: tRNA fragment signature for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, genomic sites sensitive to ultraviolet radiation in melanocytes, and more.