Earth Microbiome Project

Researchers crowdsourced thousands of microbiome samples to examine global microbial diversity and generate a resource for researchers.

A group from the University of Minnesota found that quantitative and qualitative errors in NGS library prep could be eliminated by changing four parameters in a common workflow.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A group of scientists based at several institutions in the US and beyond are getting set to kick off a crowdsourcing study called the "American Gut Project," aimed at assessing gut microbial communities in 10,000 or more individuals in the US in relation to their diet

Eppendorf will help the EMP pilot laboratories develop automated protocols for DNA extraction and library preparation from environmental samples using its epMotion automated pipetting system.

The Chinese institute will provide the global metagenomics effort to create a Gene Atlas with sequencing, sampling, informatics, and other genomics support.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.