ClinVar

Heidi Rehm

To nudge genetic testing labs to share their variant data, MGH now requires that labs to which it sends tests to contribute variants to the ClinVar database.

Researchers compared three open source annotation tools, and also looked at correspondence with public databases, identifying a number of stumbling blocks.

The team is making several improvements to its MyGene2 platform portal in an attempt to encourage open sharing of genomic data.

The company submitted more than 95,000 recently re-curated variants identified in more than 1,500 genomes sequenced in Illumina's Clinical Services Laboratory.

Two new Nature Communications studies underscored the need for better genomic studies of populations of non-European ancestry.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.