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Full Genomes Whole Genome Ancestry Test

Full Genomes, in collaboration with Novogene, has launched GenomeGuide, one of the first whole genome tests for ancestry purposes. The test includes raw data (BAM file), variant summary reports from SnpEff and VEP that are compatible with third-party tools, autosomal and x-chromosomal variant identification files, and mitochondrial and Y chromosome reports (for males). Novogene will deliver high-quality WGS data using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten, system capable of sequencing up to 18,000 human genomes per year at the lowest cost per genome, and will apply its advanced bioinformatics capabilities and expertise to provide variant analysis. GenomeGuide is now available to consumers for $895.

The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.