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A new version of the Bowtie short-read assembler is available for download here. In version 0.12.4, periods in read sequences are now treated as Ns instead of ignored and several issues have been fixed.


The Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad has launched a human genome
bioinformatics service that is priced at $4,000. The service includes pre-processing of 30X sequence data from Illumina’s Genome Analyzer or Complete Genomics’ sequencing platform, followed by mapping and reporting of copy number variants, SNPs, and indels. In addition, customers can request structural variation and comparative genomics analyses. Along with its service, MGRC has released a new genome browser that has been optimized to handle next-generation sequencing data.

The new service is part of MGRC’s SynaWorks program, a suite of bioinformatics solutions tailored to manage data generated from next-generation sequencers.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.