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A new analysis pointed to a rise in over-generalized or incorrect bacterial identification by k-mer lowest common ancestor methods as the database has grown.

Using biorepository strains, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and elsewhere profiled Zika virus consensus sequences, variant patterns, and phylogenetics.

The program was established to support the development and dissemination of functional genomic tools and techniques for genome manipulation in model organisms.

With genome sequences or genotyping profiles for 280 Native American and mestizo individuals, researchers explored population history and dynamics in Peru.

The roundworm Caenorhabditis briggsae lost thousands of genes, possibly in response to developing the ability to self-fertilize, the New York Times says.

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

The NIH has awarded $169 million this year to support 110 new projects in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative.

In Genome Research this week: computational method for detecting repeat expansions, approach to find mosaic structural changes, and more.

The company also received a grant from the Maryland Innovation Initiative to help advance the device toward commercialization.

By focusing on protein domain families, researchers uncovered "oncodomains" that linked thousands of variants to cancer.

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.