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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.

A team of researchers led by scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen has put together new Asian and African genome assemblies containing a wealth of sequence data missing from the human reference genome.

The genomes each contain about 5 megabases of novel sequences — some with potentially functional coding regions — that are not represented in the NCBI human reference genome.


New US Department of Commerce rules will affect supercomputing in China, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A new analysis finds that it will be more than a century until female computer scientists publish at the same rate as their male counterparts, ScienceInsider reports.

Broad Institute researchers describe an approach they've dubbed "DNA microscopy."

In PLOS this week: epigenetic changes following hepatitis C virus treatment, metagenomic analysis of Ugandan children with febrile illness, and more.