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.

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.