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  1. A Database of Restriction Maps to Expand the Utility of Bacterial Artificial Chromosomes

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Eamon Winden
    2. Alejandro Vasquez-Echeverri
    3. Susana Calle-Casteneda
    4. Yumin Lian
    5. Juan Pablo Hernández-Ortiz
    6. David C. Schwartz
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      **Editors Assessment: **

      While Bacterial Artificial Chromosomes libraries were once a key resource for building the human genome project over time they have been rendered relatively obsolete by long-read technologies. In the era of CRISPR-Cas systems pairing this data with one of the many guide-RNA libraries to find targets for manipulation with CRISPR tools is bringing back BACs advantages for genomics. With this in mind the authors have developed a BAC restriction map database containing the restriction maps for both uniquely placed and insert-sequenced BACs from 11 libraries covering the recognition sequences of available restriction enzymes. Alongside a set of Python functions to reconstruct the database and more easily access it (which were debugged and had improved documentation added during review). The presented data should be valuable for researchers simply using BACs, as well as those working with larger sections of the genome in terms of synthetic genes, large-scale editing, and mapping.

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  2. Trumpet plots: Visualizing The Relationship Between Allele Frequency And Effect Size In Genetic Association Studies

    This article has 4 authors:
    1. Lucia Corte
    2. Lathan Liou
    3. Paul F. O’Reilly
    4. Judit García-González
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      This work presents a new standardized graphical approach for visualizing genetic associations across a wide range of allele frequencies. These proposed TrumpetPlots have a distinctive trumpet shape, hence the proposed name. With the majority of variants having low frequency and small effects, while a small number of variants have higher frequency and larger effects, this view can help to provide new and valuable insights into the genetic basis of traits and diseases, and also help prioritize efforts to discover new risk variants. The tool is provided as a novel R package and R Shiny application and to demonstrate its use the article illustrates the distribution of variant effect sizes across the allele frequency range for over 100 continuous traits available in the UK Biobank. After some problems in testing the package is now available and easy to deploy via CRAN.

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  3. Genome assembly of the hybrid grapevine Vitis ‘Chambourcin’

    This article has 5 authors:
    1. Sagar Patel
    2. Zachary N. Harris
    3. Jason P. Londo
    4. Allison Miller
    5. Anne Fennell
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      Editor’s Assessment

      Hybrid genomes are tricky to assemble, and few genomic resources are available for hybrid grapevines such as ‘Chambourcin’, a French-American interspecific hybrid grape grown in the eastern and midwestern United States. Here is an attempt to assemble Chambourcin’ using a combination of PacBio HiFi long-reads, Bionano optical maps, and Illumina short-read sequencing technologies. Producing an assembly with 26 scaffolds, an N50 length 23.3 Mb and an estimated BUSCO completeness of 97.9% that can be used for genome comparisons, functional genomic analyses, and genome-assisted breeding research. Error correction and pilon polishing was a challenge with this hybrid assembly, but after trying a few different approaches in the review process have improved it, and as they have documented what they did and are clear about the final metrics, users can assess the quality themselves.

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  4. The Crown Pearl V2: an improved genome assembly of the European freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758)

    This article has 9 authors:
    1. André Gomes-dos-Santos
    2. Manuel Lopes-Lima
    3. André M. Machado
    4. Thomas Forest
    5. Guillaume Achaz
    6. Amílcar Teixeira
    7. Vincent Prié
    8. L. Filipe C. Castro
    9. Elsa Froufe
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      Like other mollusc species, the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) has a challenging genome to assemble owing to the large size of their genomes, heterozygosity, and repetitive sequence. The first published M. margaritifera genome was highly fragmented, but here an improved reference genome assembly was generated using PacBio CLR long reads to reduce fragmentation levels, missing and truncated genes, and chimerically assembled regions. The number of gene models predicted is a bit higher compared than other molluscan genomes, but after clarification and double checking these seem in line with some Mollusca and Bivalvia with similar and higher numbers of gene predictions. This new genome represents a new resource to start exploring the many biological, ecological, and evolutionary features of this threatened and commercially important group of organisms.

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  5. Mycobacterial Metabolic Model Development for Drug Target Identification

    This article has 3 authors:
    1. Bridget P. Bannerman
    2. Alex Oarga
    3. Jorge Júlvez
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      This work has generated metabolic models for the human pathogens Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacteroides abscessus, alongside a new computational tool that can be used to identify potential drug targets. The standardised genomic scale metabolic models have been developed using the systems biology community standards for quality control and evaluation of models. After providing more detail on reproducibility, comparative performance of the models, and reuse, these resources are now published and are available for reuse by the global scientific community via the GigaDB, Biomodels, and PatMeDB repositories.

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  6. A highly contiguous, scaffold-level nuclear genome assembly for the fever tree (Cinchona pubescens Vahl) as a novel resource for Rubiaceae research

    This article has 12 authors:
    1. Nataly Allasi Canales
    2. Oscar A. Pérez-Escobar
    3. Robyn F. Powell
    4. Mats Töpel
    5. Catherine Kidner
    6. Mark Nesbitt
    7. Carla Maldonado
    8. Christopher J. Barnes
    9. Nina Rønsted
    10. Natalia A. S. Przelomska
    11. Ilia J. Leitch
    12. Alexandre Antonelli

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  7. Long-read HiFi sequencing correctly assembles repetitive heavy fibroin silk genes in new moth and caddisfly genomes

    This article has 16 authors:
    1. Akito Y. Kawahara
    2. Caroline G. Storer
    3. Amanda Markee
    4. Jacqueline Heckenhauer
    5. Ashlyn Powell
    6. David Plotkin
    7. Scott Hotaling
    8. Timothy P. Cleland
    9. Rebecca B. Dikow
    10. Torsten Dikow
    11. Ryoichi B. Kuranishi
    12. Rebeccah Messcher
    13. Steffen U. Pauls
    14. Russell J. Stewart
    15. Koji Tojo
    16. Paul B. Frandsen

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