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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 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.