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CLC Bio has released a beta version of its de novo assembly algorithm. The new assembler comes in two different editions, as a standalone command-line interface and as a graphical user interface through a plug-in for the CLC Genomics Workbench.

The new tool enables users to assemble a human genome, sequenced at 37-fold coverage, on a single computer with 32 GB of RAM in about seven hours, the company said. The beta version supports data from multiple platforms, including hybrid de novo assemblies with Illumina, Roche 454, and Sanger data. CLC Bio aims to release the final version in the first quarter of 2010.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.