SAN FRANCISCO – An official from the Beijing Genomics Institute said this week that BGI has developed a short-read de novo assembly algorithm that is capable of assembling a human genome.

Wang Jun, associate director of the BGI, told attendees of Cambridge Healthech Institute's Genomic Tools and Technologies Summit here that a paper on the method is currently under review, and that his team has successfully used it to assemble the panda genome, which it is sequencing with the Illumina Genome Analyzer.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.