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Got Big Brains

Researchers have uncovered a trio of human-specific genes that seem to govern people's large brain size, Reuters reports.

California Kids Cancer Comparison leader David Haussler said the project's workflow was able to match 100 percent of tumor samples it tested to possible treatments.

Such Long Sequences

Researchers have used a portable nanopore sequencer to sequence and assemble a human reference genome.

In Genome Research this week: long-read Caenorhabditis elegans sequences, enhancer patterns in breast cancer cell lines, and more.

Participants in the pilot will begin developing the capabilities required for the planned data commons, including making data transparent and interoperable.

To study sequence conservation and more, researchers involved in the 200 Mammal Project are turning to short-read genome assemblies and select genomes with greater contiguity. 

The institute will work with other HCA members to build a data-coordination platform for the initiative's researchers.

One From Each

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: antibiotic component may suppress nonsense mutations, long-fingered bat genome includes endogenous retrovirus not found in other bats, and more.

Researchers sequenced the mitochondrial genomes of two ancient bison and compared them to other bison samples, and found two waves of bison dispersal.

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.