The Genome in a Bottle Consortium, a group that has been working on reference materials for human genome sequencing, plans to release its first pilot reference material, a highly characterized HapMap sample, along with a set of highly confident genotype calls early next year.

The group recently released a preliminary set of highly confident calls for the genome, based on an analysis of publicly available sequence data, and is in the process of characterizing its sequence in greater detail.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.