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The largest collection of helminth genomic data ever assembled has been published in the new, open-access WormBase ParaSite. Developed jointly by EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, with BBSRC funding, this new resource will be a major asset in the fight against parasitic worms, which infect more than one billion people worldwide.
Students from across the UK were successful in winning 12 Gold, a Bronze and multiple category awards in the recent International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition in Boston, Massachusetts. A team of undergraduate students from Imperial College London took the overall First Runner Up prize.
In 2012, the British company Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) presented a tiny DNA sequencer that plugs into a USB port and sequence DNA directly from blood using an engineered nanopore. Analysing its data is the next step in portable sequencing.