Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced

In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.

In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.

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Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2021
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event
Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event
Amanda Heidt | Aug 26, 2020
Officials had initially linked 97 cases to a single conference held by Biogen in February in Boston, but a new study tracking viral genomes suggests the number may be as high as 20,000.
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Munyaradzi Makoni | Mar 30, 2020
In recent years, laboratories on the continent have ramped up genomic sequencing capabilities, offering in-country analyses rather than outsourcing the job.
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Jef Akst | Feb 5, 2020
An interrogation of the whole genomes of more than 2,600 cancers yields clues about the genetic drivers of malignancy, how tumors evolve, and more.
Scripps Acquires Pfizer’s Massive Microbial Library
Scripps Acquires Pfizer’s Massive Microbial Library
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2020
The East Coast campus of the research institute received shipments of freeze-dried or frozen samples of more than 210,000 microbial strains, which scientists plan to mine for potentially useful natural products.
Circulating Fetal Cells Sequenced for Prenatal Testing Study
Circulating Fetal Cells Sequenced for Prenatal Testing Study
Emily Makowski | Dec 10, 2019
Trophoblasts, collected from the mother during a blood draw, can determine fetal genetic abnormalities currently diagnosed through amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Jef Akst | Jun 6, 2019
Sequences from dozens of ancient remains from Siberia reveal the closest ancient relative of Native Americans found outside of North America.
Babies’ Genomes Identify Risks Overlooked by Newborn Screens
Babies’ Genomes Identify Risks Overlooked by Newborn Screens
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2019
A trial called BabySeq, in which researchers performed genomic sequencing on 159 newborns, identified children susceptible to diseases that regular screening doesn’t look for.
Company Offers Free Whole-Genome Sequencing for Data Sharers
Company Offers Free Whole-Genome Sequencing for Data Sharers
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2018
Nebula Genomics is among the first blockchain-based companies to reward users for contributing personal data for research.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
Understanding What Makes a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Understanding What Makes a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Jim Daley | May 1, 2018
Researchers at the Rare Genomics Institute look at how families finance the cost of diagnostic exome sequencing.
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Catherine Offord | Feb 28, 2018
Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.
Sequencing Genomes in the ICU Improves Outcomes
Sequencing Genomes in the ICU Improves Outcomes
Bob Grant | Oct 19, 2017
A handful of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit who were diagnosed with rare diseases using whole-genome sequencing had shorter hospital stays and better health outcomes, researchers find.
The Consequences of Sequencing Healthy People
The Consequences of Sequencing Healthy People
Aggie Mika | Jun 26, 2017
The first randomized trial to examine whole-genome sequencing in healthy people uncovers disease-causing genetic variants, but the overall benefits to this population are ambiguous.
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Jef Akst | May 25, 2017
DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.