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The team used an assortment of sequencing technology, including 454 GS FLX Titanium, SOLiD, and Illumina, and de novo assembled one genome from 454 sequence data. An analysis comparing results from the three platforms is in preparation.

The project, announced just before the start of the Chinese year of the tiger last weekend, is part of BGI's goal to sequence the genomes of 1,000 plant and animal reference species over the next two years.

A University of Copenhagen-led team reported today that they have sequenced a draft version of an ancient human genome from the remains of a man who lived in Greenland some 4,000 years ago.

Illumina unveiled a new sequencer and said China's BGI has ordered 128 of the new instruments. Company officials also provided early Q4 revenues and touted its new BeadChip product at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Most of the units will be housed at BGI's new genome center in Hong Kong. The instruments will be installed throughout 2010, starting this quarter.

The funding will "help BGI build research and application platforms for sustainable development in agriculture, bio-energy, personalized healthcare, and related fields," according to a statement from the institute.

An international committee organized by BGI will select the species to be sequenced from proposals by researchers, based on the importance of the species, the applicant's financial resources, the project's scientific strength, and the experimental design.

A prime example of the progress made in bioinformatics over the last year was the publication this week in Nature of the panda genome, which the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen sequenced and assembled de novo using only the Illumina Genome Analyzer platform and the SOAPdenovo algorithm for assembly.

The study is one of the first in which researchers sequenced and de novo assembled a large mammalian genome using only short-read technology

In the online edition of Nature yesterday, an international research team led by investigators at the Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen reported on the giant panda genome, which they sequenced using Illumina short reads.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.