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Researchers used metagenomic sequencing to profile gut microbial genes in pigs from three countries, representing hundreds of animals across 17 breeds.

The startup, which was founded in 2015 by former BGI employees, is developing next-generation sequencing tests for cancer applications. 

Last year, Radboud University Medical Centre's genetics lab conducted about 6,000 diagnostic exome tests and ran 2,000 nex-gen sequencing-based BRCA1/2 hereditary cancer assays.

BGI will work with researchers in Australia on agricultural and human health projects, and will seek new partnerships across the region. 

BGI has signed an agreement to offer NRGene's bioinformatics tools as part of its agricultural genomic analysis service to customers in Asia.

Genomed, based in Warsaw, offers sequencing-based diagnostic and research services and brought BGI's noninvasive prenatal NIFTY test in house last year.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding this week, following the opening of the BGI-VPC Joint Research Laboratory in 2014.

Mao Mao

Mao Mao joined BGI Genomics in February from WuXi AppTec, where he was responsible for in vitro diagnostics product development and clinical lab services.

BGI will distribute Clearbridge's ClearCell FX1 CTC isolation technology in China and work to extend the system into new clinical and research applications.

As part of the agreement, the organizations will develop a joint Seattle-Shenzhen Institute. 

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.