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Executives provided updates on their companies at the 35th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

The research used multiple genetic analyses on samples collected over 29 years to show changes associated with disease progression.

The new division will enable BGI to expand partnerships with universities, companies, and health and agriculture-related organizations, among other things.

The study is the first published data of BGI's desktop sequencer, BGISEQ-500, which German researchers are studying for use in evaluating microRNA biomarkers. 

The researchers reported that about three quarters of the 10-gigabase ginkgo genome consists of repeat sequences.

BGISEQ-50

The new BGISEQ-50, a smaller version of the BGISEQ-500, will have research and clinical applications, and BGI plans to register it with the CFDA, too.

The partners are planning a joint research center at Providence Health Care's St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver and a center of excellence in China.

Researchers established a high-quality version of the five-pacer viper genome and used it to take a wider look at snake relationships and adaptations. 

The Shenzhen-based nonprofit research institute will be equipped with NGS instruments developed by BGI and will include a biorepository and bioinformatics center.

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

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.