By Uduak Grace Thomas

A preliminary comparison of variant-detection algorithms in Illumina's GenomeStudio Software and the Broad Institute's Genome Analysis Toolkit indicates that tools are comparable when it comes to calling SNPs in short-read sequencing data, though GATK outperforms the Illumina software in terms of calling insertions and deletions.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

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