A working draft of the genome of the rice subspecies indica is now available to the public thanks to the efforts of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Center of the Beijing Genomics Institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Matthew Huang, deputy director of BGI, said the success of the project rests largely on the shoulders of the 100-strong bioinformatics team at BGI, which developed three new algorithms to meet the unique assembly and annotation demands of the rice genome.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.

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