de novo sequencing

The researchers also found fixed variants in the tortoise genome linked to the immune system, which may help manage the health of the threatened species.

The researchers sequenced bacteria samples sourced from all over the world to reconstruct a phylogenetic tree and learn how it evolved to have multidrug resistance. 

At the conference, the Broad Institute's David Jaffe presented a strategy for sequencing reference genomes from many different horses for an estimated price tag of around $25,000 apiece.

By doing exome sequencing on individuals from 14 families affected by sporadic schizophrenia, researchers have identified de novo mutations specifically found in individuals with the psychiatric condition.

The researchers sequenced the genome to five-fold coverage on Roche's 454 GS FLX and covered around 95 percent of known wheat genes. Over the next year, the researchers will sequence four additional varieties on Life Technologies' SOLiD.

The study is one of the first in which researchers sequenced and de novo assembled a large mammalian genome using only short-read technology

The institute said that it has so far used the Illumina platform for the "rapid, accurate, and cost-effective completion of several large genome projects … including the giant panda genome."

A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.