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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — An international consortium announced today that it has sequenced the Atlantic salmon genome.

The RFP is "targeting large-scale sequencing centers or a consortium of academic and/or commercial centers that are believed to have the expertise and capacity to participate in a project of this scale."

Canada, Chile, and Norway are seeking a center to finish sequencing the Atlantic salmon genome.

Last year, the consortium, which involves researchers, funding agencies, and industry representatives from Canada, Chile, and Norway, awarded a $6 million contract to Beckman Coulter Genomics for the first phase of the project, which uses Sanger sequencing.

The ICSASG recommends Sanger sequencing or a technology of equivalent read length and quality, rather than one of the current next-generation sequencing technologies, for the first phase of the project. The second phase will likely involve novel sequencing technologies.

The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.