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    Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply.

    Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA.

    Researchers used their technique to create four new lines of rice and three new lines of rapeseed (canola).
    Events: Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky 2019)
    Submitted by Suzi Smith; posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    December 5-7, 2019
    Snowmass Village, CO, USA

    The Rocky series began seventeen years ago as a regional conference, and has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. The presenters of the Rocky conference are scientists representing a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.


    I am happy to share the database PRRDB2, developed by our group for pattern recognition receptors. This will be useful for researchers working in the field of innate immunology or for designing vaccine adjuvants.



    Education: Introduction to GWAS
    Submitted by Carlo Pecoraro; posted on Tuesday, July 02, 2019


    September 9-13, 2019
    Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS), Université Laval
    Québec (Québec), Canada[...]se49/

    Physalia-courses in collaboration with Laval University (Québec, Canada) is organizing two courses (1 - Speciation Genomics; 2 - Introduction to GWAS) in Canada this September.

    2nd course: Introduction to genome-wide association studies (GWAS)!

    Instructors: 1 - Dr. Filippo Biscarini (Italian National Research Council); 2 - Eric Normandeau (Laval University, Canada)


    This course will introduce students, researchers and professionals to the steps needed to build an analysis pipeline for Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). The course will, on one hand, describe all the necessary steps involved in a typical GWAS study; on the other hand, we will build a reusable and reproducible GWAS pipeline.


    The course is aimed at students, researchers and professionals interested in learning how to build a structured pipeline for semi-automated and reproducible GWAS analyses. It will include information useful for both beginners and more advanced users. We will start by introducing general concepts of GWAS and bioinformatics pipeline building, progressively describing all steps and putting them seamlessly together in a general workflow. Attendees should have a background in biology, specifically genetics; previous exposure to GWAS experiments would also be beneficial.

    Here is the full list of our courses and Workshops:
    Research: UC Davis: Dark centers of chromosomes reveal ancient DNA
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019



    In chromosome 11, they found highly diverged haplotypes of Neanderthal DNA in non-African genomes. These haplotypes diverged between 700,000 to a million years ago, around the time the ancestors of Neanderthals split from other human ancestors. The centromere of chromosome 12 also contains an even more ancient, archaic haplotype that appears to be derived from an unknown relative.



    French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Tuesday it is partnering with Google to use artificial intelligence and deep analytics tools to sift through its data to find better treatments.

    The titan in online search "will apply technology and analytics on Sanofi's large real world database to better understand what treatments work for patients," the pharmaceutical firm said in a statement.

    July 19, 2019
    The Residency Towers, Chennai, India[...]y4-5y

    We invite you to attend the session and participate in the discussions. It's an interactive session with understanding and impact.

    Please register by clicking on the online registration link:

    We look forward to your participation.


    July 1 – August 9, 2019
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge[...]gram/

    Louisiana Biomedical Research Network is announcing its second summer bioinformatics training program hosted by the Louisiana State University Center for Computation and technology. The program will be conducted by faculty from the LBRN network and supported by Pine Biotech, a Louisiana-based bioinformatics technology company that specializes in interactive, user-friendly technology for researchers and clinicians. In this program, a novice or experienced user will be able to learn about and independently conduct basic RNA-seq analysis, including:
    • Mapping of reads on reference genomes
    • Quantification of expression and identification of alternative splicing
    • Exploration of expression data using differential gene expression or data mining techniques
    • Annotation of analysis results using reference databases



    The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostic professional society, expressed serious concerns with Congress' recent proposal to amend Section 101 of the Patent Act. If enacted, the draft legislation would overturn 150 years of patent case law and permit patenting of human genes and naturally-occurring associations between genes and diseases. In a recent letter to Senators Coons and Tillis, and Representatives Collins, Johnson and Stivers, AMP joined a diverse community of 169 medical, scientific, patient advocacy, women's health, and civil rights organizations, opposing the recent proposal.
    Source:[...]9.pdf (PDF)

    Letter:[...]r.pdf (PDF)
    Education: Training in genomics workflows for computational novices
    Submitted by Erin Becker; posted on Monday, June 03, 2019

    Wish your lab team could level-up their computational skills for working with sequencing data? Data Carpentry ( provides training to get your team away from messy spreadsheets to writing their own custom Bash scripts and computing in the cloud. Our volunteer Instructors are graduate students, postdocs, and other active genomics research professionals who are trained in real-time instruction to customise their teaching to your audience. Instructors build on their audience's existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research.

    We deliver a consistent, high-quality learning experience. Our lessons have been taught over 1000 times and are continuously improved and updated by our community. We create a friendly environment for learning to empower researchers – 91% of our learners recommend our workshops, and 78% stably integrate the tools we teach into their own work.

    We provide comprehensive event handling, from registration through assessment. As a community of volunteers, our workshop fee is highly competitive, covering our administrative costs and core operations. With over 1600 Instructors in 50 countries, we work to find local instructors to minimise costs to you.

    Learn more ([...]oad=1) (PDF) or book a workshop ( today.

    Data Carpentry is a lesson program within The Carpentries ( – a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives (, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. The Carpentries builds global capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. We train and foster an active, inclusive, diverse community of learners and instructors that promotes and models the importance of software and data in research. We collaboratively develop openly-available lessons and deliver these lessons using evidence-based teaching practices. We focus on people conducting and supporting research.
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