Newswise: UCSC Genome Browser posts the coronavirus genome

Newswise: UCSC Genome Browser posts the coronavirus genome. “Research into the novel Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus, the deadly ‘coronavirus’ that has forced the Chinese government to quarantine more than 50 million people in the country’s dense industrial heartland, will be facilitated by the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute. The Genomics Institute’s Genome Browser team has posted the complete biomolecular code of the virus for researchers all over the world to use.”

News Medical: Genome reference database can help predict disease-linked gene variants more accurately

News Medical: Genome reference database can help predict disease-linked gene variants more accurately. “Most diseases have a genetic component. To better understand disease, researchers led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research are analysing genetic information to determine what keeps us healthy. In a world first, the team has compiled a genome reference database of thousands of healthy older Australians, which has the potential to predict disease-linked gene variants more accurately than has been previously possible.”

Science: Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

Science: Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak. “Scientists worried about China’s lack of transparency about a month-old outbreak of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan breathed a sigh of relief today, after a consortium of researchers published a draft genome of the newly discovered coronavirus suspected of causing the outbreak.”

University of California Davis: Hobbyist DNA Services May Be Open to Genetic Hacking

University of California Davis: Hobbyist DNA Services May Be Open to Genetic Hacking. “… Professor Graham Coop and postdoctoral researcher Michael ‘Doc’ Edge at the University of California, Davis, Department of Evolution and Ecology warn that these ‘direct to consumer’ services could be vulnerable to a sort of genetic hacking. By uploading selected DNA sequences, they said, it may be possible, for example, to pull out the genomes of most people in a database or to identify people with genetic variants associated with specific traits such as Alzheimer’s disease. “

National Institutes of Health: Five Petabytes of Sequence Read Archive Data Now in the Cloud

National Institutes of Health: Five Petabytes of Sequence Read Archive Data Now in the Cloud. “The National Center for Biomedical Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently moved the five petabytes of public SRA data to the cloud with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative. These data include a variety of genomes, gene expression data, and more.”

SGID: a comprehensive and interactive database of the silkworm (BioRxiv)

BioRxiv: SGID: a comprehensive and interactive database of the silkworm. “Although the domestic silkworm (Bombyx mori) is an important model and economic animal, there is a lack of comprehensive database for this organism. Here, we developed the silkworm genome informatics database, SGID. It aims to bring together all silkworm related biological data and provide an interactive platform for gene inquiry and analysis. The function annotation in SGID is thorough and covers 98% of the silkworm genes.”

The Hindu: ‘India-specific cancer genome database being developed’

The Hindu: ‘India-specific cancer genome database being developed’. “The Union Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, is developing India-specific cancer genome database that will help identify biomarkers specific to the Indian population. This will help in early diagnosis, and also identify drug targets for the Indian population.”