Compressing a dataset with specialized algorithms is typically done in the context of data storage, where compression tools can shrink data to save space on a hard drive. But a group of researchers at MIT has developed tools that compute directly on compressed genomic datasets by exploiting the fact that most sequenced genomes are very similar to previously sequenced genomes.

Led by MIT professor Bonnie Berger, the group has recently released tools called CaBlast and CaBlat, compressive versions of the widely used Blast and Blat alignment tools, respectively.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

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