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Researchers from France, Italy, and Germany reported in Nature yesterday that they have sequenced the genome of the Périgord black truffle, Tuber melanosporum.

By comparing the genomes of three pathogenic fungi, an international research team identified pathogenicity chromosomes in the fungus Fusarium oxysporum that can move between strains in that species.

A set of papers appearing in PLoS Biology, PLoS Genetics, Genome Biology, and Insect Molecular Biology outline the International Aphid Genomics Consortium's efforts to sequence and analyze the pea aphid genome.

Members of the International Brachypodium Initiative reported in Nature today that they have sequenced the genome of Brachypodium distachyon, a wild relative of wheat and barley.

Genome sequencing and comparative genomics studies of three parasitoid wasp species in the genus Nasonia have produced data that is enhancing the wasps' potential as gentically tractable model organisms.

The study demonstrates the ability of next-gen sequencing technologies to detect chromosomal rearrangements at a level that previous sequencing technologies and cytogenetics could not do.

In Sequence spoke to Karen Nelson, the new head of the J. Craig Venter Institute's Rockville, Md., campus, about the future of JCVI's research and how new sequencing technologies are expanding the scope of what researchers there are able to study.

Researchers involved in the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project reported on the first 56 microbial genomes to be sequenced and analyzed through that effort in Nature online today.

An international research team has detected mitochondrial DNA sequences from mammoths and prehistoric horses in 7,600 to 10,500 year old soil samples from central Alaska, causing researchers to rethink when — and how — mammoths and other large animals became extinct.

The $6 million first phase of the salmon genome sequencing project will be completed solely with Sanger technology, while the second phase will make use of newer sequencing technologies.

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Retraction Watch reports that a paper was pulled because it refers to a gene that doesn't exist in mice.

Researchers were able to generate fertilized northern white rhinoceros eggs, according to Mashable.

Former Orig3n employees raise concerns about its testing at Bloomberg Businessweek.

In PLOS this week: microRNA expression changes in hepatocellular carcinoma, real-time PCR-based approach for diagnosing schistosomiasis, and more.