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.

An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.