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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.

BGI will use Agilent's SureSelect solution-based target enrichment product, the Bravo automated liquid-handling platform, and the 2100 Bioanalyzer.

The study, which besides BGI involves researchers at the University of Florida and at the University of Maryland at College Park, is part of BGI's recently launched project to sequence 1,000 plant and animal reference genomes over the next two years.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.