GA4GH Autism Sharing Initiative Brings Federated Data Model to Research, Clinical Care Premium DNAstack, Autism Speaks, and a Canadian-led coalition of hospitals, pharma companies, and patient advocates are turning to big data and GA4GH standards to raise understanding of autism. New European Supercomputers to Support Data Sharing Efforts, Drive Dx Innovation Premium The computers are expected to provide a boost to genomics data sharing efforts and drive the creation of machine-learning tools and associated diagnostics. GA4GH Incorporates as a Not-For-Profit Organization in Canada As a formal not-for-profit, the group is able to raise funds from private entities and enter into formal contracts as it positions itself as an international standards organization. Will Bioinformatics Professionals Embrace MPEG-G Data Compression Standard? Premium Accredited by the same group behind MP3 audio, the new genomics standard promises more efficient data handling, but fans of GA4GH file formats are pushing back. GA4GH Unveils New Standards for Genomic Data, Workflow Sharing Premium The standards address ongoing data analysis issues including ways of securely sharing and analyzing genomic information across platforms and mechanisms for consistently identifying sequences. Sep 27, 2019 Study Investigates Trust in Genomic Data Sharing Initiatives to Inform Future Efforts Premium Mar 12, 2019 GA4GH Benchmarking Team Releases Best Practices for Comparing Germline Variant Calls Mar 11, 2019 International Coalition Building Virtual Cohort of 1.4M Patients Premium Feb 15, 2019 GA4GH Announces New Driver Projects in Asia, Africa; Releases Data Use Ontology Standard Premium Oct 24, 2018 Genomic Data Interoperability, Remote Workflow Key to New Global Alliance APIs Premium Feb 15, 2018 In Newly Released 2018 Roadmap, GA4GH Sets Goals, Priorities for First Phase of Five-Year Plan Premium Jan 13, 2017 Expanded GA4GH, ELIXIR Partnership Focuses on New European Beacons, Sharing Clinical Data Premium Breaking News Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants Highlights Natural Variation, Gene Function Cystic Fibrosis Sinus Infections Involve Microbes With Shifting Evolution Patterns Molecular Assemblies Wins $256K NIH Phase I SBIR Grant to Develop Enzymatic DNA Synthesis Vibrent Health, VCU Partner to Offer Twin Research Platform Castle Biosciences Acquires Cernostics for up to $80M Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Inivata Partner on Clinical Liquid Biopsy Studies The Scan Could Mix It Up The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says. Closest to the Dog New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs. Offer to Come Back The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back. PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.