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    IBM is busy applying its Watson AI to as many health arenas as possible and it looks like cancer genomic sequencing could be its next big market.

    In a new proof-of-concept study testing a beta version of its genomic sequencing-specific version of Watson, Watson for Genomics, IBM's AI has once again shown potential.
    Source: pharmaphorum.com/news[...]mour/

    Full article: ng.neurology.org/cont[...].full

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    The malaria parasite's success is owed to the stripping down of its genome to the bare essential genes, scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have found. In the first ever large-scale study of malaria gene function, scientists analysed more than half of the genes in the parasite's genome and found that two thirds of these genes were essential for survival – the largest proportion of essential genes found in any organism studied to date.
    Source: phys.org/news[...].html

    Full article: www.cell.com/cell[...]714-6
    Events: NGS Data Analysis -- 1 day hands-on training
    Submitted by Vijayaraj Nagarajan; posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    July 30, 2017
    Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
    americanbiomedicalinformatics.org/india.php
    www.eventbrite.com/e/ng[...]40702

    BACKGROUND

    This course will introduce students/faculty to bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data, particularly for DNA-seq (variant analysis), RNA-seq and CHIP-seq. The course will be comprised of short lectures and mostly hands-on sessions.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Free lunch, NGS analysis book, cloud server
    • Training certificate issued by American Academy for Biomedical Informatics, USA
    • Free Linux desktop Amazon machine image with all required software

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Basic computer skills and basic biology knowledge
    • Only 35 participants per class (both teachers and students can participate)
    • Bring your own laptop (a basic laptop that you can install software and could connect to wireless internet)

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Got questions or need more information? Email us at contact[at]aabi.us OR call us at Phone: +91 97919 85129.

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    A global team of researchers has published the first-ever Wild Emmer wheat genome sequence in Science magazine. Wild Emmer wheat is the original form of nearly all the domesticated wheat in the world, including durum (pasta) and bread wheat. Wild emmer is too low-yielding to be of use to farmers today, but it contains many attractive characteristics that are being used by plant breeders to improve wheat.
    Source: phys.org/news[...].html

    Full article: science.sciencemag.org/cont[...].full

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    The world's leading drug companies are turning to artificial intelligence to improve the hit-and-miss business of finding new medicines, with GlaxoSmithKline unveiling a new $43 million deal in the field on Sunday.

    Other pharmaceutical giants including Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are also exploring the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to help streamline the drug discovery process.
    Source: www.yahoo.com/news[...].html

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    When it comes to food safety, being able to identify traits of what is considered "normal" for a food ingredient, helps producers detect when something is "abnormal." IBM and Cornell University will be collaborating to help keep the global milk supply safe.

    Specifically, next-generation genetic sequencing combined with bioinformatics analytics, will help reduce the chances of safety breaches impacting dairy.
    Source: www.foodsafetynews.com/2017[...]ccur/

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    "As a matter of truth in advertising, the 'finished' sequence isn't finished," said Eric Lander, who led the lab at the Whitehead Institute that deciphered more of the genome for the government-funded Human Genome Project than any other. "I always say 'finished' is a term of art."

    "It's very fair to say the human genome was never fully sequenced," Craig Venter, another genomics luminary, told STAT.

    "The human genome has not been completely sequenced and neither has any other mammalian genome as far as I'm aware," said Harvard Medical School bioengineer George Church, who made key early advances in sequencing technology.
    Source: www.statnews.com/2017[...]nced/
    Events: Global Pharma R&D Informatics Congress
    Submitted by Laura Berry; posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2017
    Lisbon, Portugal
    www.global-engage.com/event/global-pharma

    This conference will cover methods and technologies for data management, storage, analysis, and representation. Attendees will hear from pharmaceutical companies about how they are using informatics tools and technologies to speed up their drug discovery and development processes.

    Topics include:
    • Complex data analytics and method development
    • System integration and workflow optimisation
    • AI and machine learning
    • Data storage and management
    To see the full list of topics and speakers, please visit our website.

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    The cat has long been important to human societies as a pest-control agent, object of symbolic value and companion animal, but little is known about its domestication process and early anthropogenic dispersal. Here we show, using ancient DNA analysis of geographically and temporally widespread archaeological cat remains, that both the Near Eastern and Egyptian populations of Felis silvestris lybica contributed to the gene pool of the domestic cat at different historical times. While the cat's worldwide conquest began during the Neolithic period in the Near East, its dispersal gained momentum during the Classical period, when the Egyptian cat successfully spread throughout the Old World. The expansion patterns and ranges suggest dispersal along human maritime and terrestrial routes of trade and connectivity. A coat-colour variant was found at high frequency only after the Middle Ages, suggesting that directed breeding of cats occurred later than with most other domesticated animals.
    Source: www.nature.com/arti[...]-0139
    Etc.: Pacific Biosciences 2017 Microbial Grant Program
    Submitted by Christian J Olsen; posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017

    We're pleased to announce the 2017 Microbial Grant Program! Submit a 250 word application telling us how SMRT Sequencing can advance your microbiology or infectious disease research for a chance to win.

    One winner will receive SMRTbell library construction, sequencing on the Sequel System, and bioinformatics analysis from our PacBio Certified Service Provider, the Genomics Resource Center (GRC) at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

    Submit your entry by June 30, 2017. Full details on the Microbial SMRT Grant Program: www.pacb.com/smrt[...]2017/
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