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."

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.