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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The government of Bangladesh this week inaugurated its first human whole-genome sequencing program.

Within this government-funded project, launched by the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, researchers will identify genetic markers associated with cancer and inherited disease risks specific to the Bangladeshi population. Genomes will be sequenced using Illumina's NovaSeq-6000 platform in a recently minted BCSIR research lab, which has the capacity to sequence 48 genomes in three days.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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