News-Medical Net: CRG launches new database to advance international research efforts on COVID-19

News-Medical Net: CRG launches new database to advance international research efforts on COVID-19. “Researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) have launched a new database to advance the international research efforts studying COVID-19. The publicly-available, free-to-use resource (https://covid.crg.eu) can be used by researchers from around the world to study how different variations of the virus grow, mutate and make proteins.”

BetaKit: DNAstack Launches New Tool To Help Scientists Share Genomic Data On Covid-19

BetaKit: DNAstack Launches New Tool To Help Scientists Share Genomic Data On Covid-19. “DNAstack has launched a new tool for scientific and medical communities to share and discover knowledge about the genetics of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The tool, which is being called the COVID-19 Beacon, is available on DNAstack’s website.”

Policy Options: Indigenous DNA database should be managed by its people

Policy Options: Indigenous DNA database should be managed by its people. “There is no denying the value of DNA as an investigational tool. However, that value should be considered in the context of the relationship between Indigenous people and the Canadian government. Given the tenuous past and present relationship between Canada’s Indigenous population and the Canadian state, who controls the ‘genetic identifiers’ of Indigenous people and for what purpose should raise questions. It is time for Indigenous people to have greater control over their genetic information and how it is used.”

EurekAlert: Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves

EurekAlert: Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves. “In Quebec, gravestones did not come into common use until the second half of the 19th century, so historical cemeteries contain many unmarked graves. Inspired by colleagues at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University, a team of researchers in genetics, archaeology and demography from three Quebec universities (Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) conducted a study in which they combined genealogical information from BALSAC (a Quebec database that is the only one of its kind in the world) with genetic information from more than 960 modern Quebecers in order to access the genetic profile of Quebec’s historical population. The results, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, suggest the capabilities that this method may offer in the near future.”

TechCrunch: California Senator proposes tighter regulations on direct-to-consumer genetics testing companies

TechCrunch: California Senator proposes tighter regulations on direct-to-consumer genetics testing companies. “A state senator in California is introducing legislation designed to provide more oversight over direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. The new regulations, introduced by Santa Ana’s Democratic Senator Thomas Umberg, builds on attempts in the California Consumer Privacy Act to regulate the ways data collected from genetic testing can be used by companies.”

EurekAlert: DNA extracted in museum samples can reveal genetic secrets

EurekAlert: DNA extracted in museum samples can reveal genetic secrets. “Researchers have used a vortex fluidic device (VFD) to speed up DNA extraction from an American lobster preserved in formaldehyde – with the results providing a roadmap for exploring DNA from millions of valuable and even extinct species in museums worldwide.”

US National Library of Medicine: Get Rapid Access to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Sequence Data from NLM’s GenBank®

US National Library of Medicine: Get Rapid Access to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Sequence Data from NLM’s GenBank®. “NLM, through its GenBank® sequence database, is providing the biomedical community free and easy access to genome sequences from the novel coronavirus associated with the recent outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020 and GenBank® continues to rapidly release data associated with this outbreak as it comes in and welcomes sequence data submissions as well. “