Pistoia Alliance

The Pistoia Alliance is a non-profit alliance of life science companies, vendors, publishers, and academics that support life sciences research and development.

The project seeks to develop standardized guidelines and tools to map terms across ontologies and help simplify data search and integration.

The company joins the Pistoia Alliance as a participating member and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health as an organizational member. 

During the Pistoia Alliance meeting held in Boston last week, representatives from three groups demonstrated pilot platforms for delivering cloud-based next-generation sequence data services with an eye toward the needs of pharmaceutical researchers.

The companies will partner with the Pistoia Alliance to develop a platform for enhancing access to genetic sequencing data.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.