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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.


A new analysis suggests warming, not the arrival of humans, led to the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros thousands of years ago, the Economist reports.

Chinese health officials uncovered SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA on imported frozen food, but the New York Times reports catching COVID-19 that way would be unlikely.

The UK has ordered 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Novavax and 30 million doses from Janssen, according to the Guardian.

In Science this week: machine learning model predicts whether ion channel mutations will cause disease, and more.