ELIXIR

Seventeen European countries have signed a declaration to have a million genomes sequenced and shareable by 2022.

Called GA4GH Connect, it calls on the alliance's 500-plus members to develop new data sharing standards for use in major international genomic data initiatives.

Objectives for this year include building a network of ELIXIR beacons, developing new features and security measures, and partnering with data owners.

The European Union is ponying up €19 million to support ELIXIR implementation through a four-year program that starts in September.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Italy has signed up to be a partner in the European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) project, an effort to create a hub to house and share genomic, proteomic, and other biological research information across Europe.

ELIXIR is led by the European Bioinformatics Institute and kicked off last year with €4.5 million ($6.3 million) in funding from the European Commission.

Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.