The firm plans to address the fact that only 2 percent of human DNA samples used in pharmaceutical research are from Africans or those of African ancestry.
The acquisition will result in a new DLS division called HudsonAlpha Discovery that will provide a range of services to the pharma, biotech, and diagnostics industries.
The project dovetails with a separate effort to sequence the whole exomes of the samples, the first 50,000 of which became available to researchers this month.
The government has also pledged €5 million from the European Regional Development Fund to support the integration of genetic data into routine medical care.
The center, set to open next year, will establish a national sequencing infrastructure, manage a national genome database, and make the data available for research.
Nashville Biosciences will offer access to BioVU, Vanderbilt University Medical Center's collection of DNA samples and patient records, through BC Platforms' solution.
Led by researchers at BBMRI-ERIC, the effort intends to clarify how entities should share data, including genomics information, across institutions and countries.
The companies plan to combine Nashville's BioVU biobank of 250,000 DNA samples and 2.8 million patient records with GeneWiz's sequencing services.
In Nature this week: full UK Biobank dataset published, shark genomes give glimpse into cartilaginous fish evolution, and more.
The UK Biobank has collected genotyping, medical, and other phenotypic data on nearly 500,000 individuals, which it says will fuel additional studies.
Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.
A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.
Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.
In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.