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California Budget Includes $2M for Genome Sequencing Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed a $201 billion state budget that includes $2 million in funding for an initiative that will investigate the use of whole-genome sequencing within the California Medical Assistance program (Medi-Cal).

The so-called Whole Genome Sequencing Pilot Project will use the funding to perform WGS on at least 100 neonatal and pediatric patients at various Medi-Cal sites, with the goal of determining the potential clinical and financial benefits of sequencing to the state's public healthcare coverage program.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.