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ATCC Genome Portal

ATCC has launched its ATCC Genome Portal, a publicly available database of reference-quality genome sequences that are matched to authenticated ATCC biological materials. Integrating low-passaged materials, standardized next-generation sequencing, and a hybrid assembly approach, the tool produces complete reference-quality genomes by combining highly accurate short reads with ultra-long reads. ATCC said that it has launched the portal with an initial 250 genome sequences of widely used bacterial strains.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.