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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.

New Products: Apr 5, 2011

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Clontech's SMARTer Ultra Low RNA kit, Bioo Scientific's NEXTflex PCR-Free DNA sequencing kit, Halo Genomics' HaloPlex PCR reagent kit, BGI a service provider for Agilent's SureSelect enrichment kits

BGI is now certified for all SureSelect XT target enrichment protocols, including human all-exon, SureSelect indexing, DNA capture, RNA capture, kinome RNA, and custom kits.

The team is employing two sequencing strategies: a metagenomics approach and amplicon sequencing of the 16S and 18S ribosomal RNA genes. In total, 30 to 40 trillion base pairs of sequence data will be generated from the 10,000 samples.

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.

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A new study finds that three dimensional facial scans may be able to aid in diagnosing rare genetic diseases.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have retracted two COVID-19 papers due to concerns about the data used in their analyses.

Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that aims to prevent the theft of US-funded research, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: analysis of ancient Caribbean islanders' genomes suggests at least three waves of migration into the region,  DNA barcoding of microbial spores, and more.