On January 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen and Complete Genomics, Inc announced that they have received early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period from the Federal Trade Commission regarding BGI’s proposed acquisition of Complete pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 15, 2012, among BGI, Beta Acquisition Corporation and Complete
On January 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it, through its wholly owned subsidiary Beta Acquisition Corporation, has extended its all cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete Genomics, Inc to 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Friday, January 11, 2013
On January 10, 2013, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI-Shenzhen announced a formal agreement to collaborate on research into next-generation sequencing and analysis of pediatric brain tumors, in support of the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC)
On January 11, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it, through its wholly- owned subsidiary Beta Acquisition Corporation, has extended its all cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete Genomics, Inc to 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Friday, January 18, 2013
On January 11, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen and Complete Genomics, Inc announced that they have obtained clearance from the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China regarding BGI’s proposed acquisition of Complete pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 15, 2012, among BGI, Beta Acquisition Corporation and Complete
On January 14, 2013, an international research consortium, led by Fujian Agriculture, Forestry University (FAFU) and BGI, has completed the first genome sequence of the diamondback moth (DBM), the most destructive pest of brassica crops The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics
On January 16, 2013, China National Genebank (Shenzhen), also referred to as “CNGB-Shenzhen”, and National Museum of Natural History, USA jointly announced that they have reached a strategic agreement to promote biorepository and genomics research, as well as to enhance the mutual exchanges of experience in resource collection and sharing, infrastructure construction and information management
On January 28, 2013, in a scientific breakthrough that promises improved grain yields and quality, greater drought tolerance and disease resistance, and enhanced genetic diversity, a global research team has completed high-quality sequencing of not one but ninety genomes of chickpeaOn February 1, 2013, in a study published today in Science, researchers from University of Utah, BGI, and other institutes have completed the genome sequencing of rock pigeon, Columba livia, among the most common and varied bird species on Earth
On February 6, 2013, in a collaborative study published online today in Nature Communications, researchers from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and BGI have completed the genome sequencing of Chinese tree shrew, a small animal widely distributed in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and South and Southwest China
On March 4, 2013, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University and BGI Shenzhen reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting forth a framework for cooperation on genomics research and clinical services
On March 8, 2013, BGI Europe and GENNET signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on genetic screening for Mendelian disorders
On March 11, 2013, BGI Tech introduced its novel assembly solution for facilitating heterozygous genomes research
On March 12, 2013, The Genome Analysis Centre and BGI will be working together aiming to strengthen research collaborations and build on the world-class genomics and bioinformatics capabilities of both institutions
On March 13, 2013, in a collaborative study published online in Nature Communications, researchers from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI-Shenzhen, and University of Arizona have completed the genome sequencing of wild rice Oryza brachyantha
On March 18, 2013, BGI has successfully completed the acquisition of Complete Genomics, Inc (formerly NASDAQ: GNOM)
On March 21, 2013, H3 Biomedicine Inc, and BGI jointly announced that they have entered into a partnership to sequence and publish genomic data from pre-clinical cancer models
On March 25, 2013, Nature presents two manuscripts that provide an unprecedented glimpse into the adaptation and domestication of wheat These achievements are the results of joint efforts led by the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI
On March 25, 2013, in a collaborative study published online in Nature Genetics, researchers from Cardiff University, BGI, International Wildlife Consultants, Ltd, and Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, have completed the genome sequencing and analysis of two iconic falcons, the peregrine (Falco peregrinus) and saker (Falco cherrug)
On March 27, 2013, BGI and BioMed Central’s open access journal GigaScience announces the publication of an article that presents a new method for assessing and understanding biodiversity that uses a DNA-soup made from crushed-up insects and next generation sequencing technology
On April 3, 2013, BGI Health established a partnership with Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences on the project of introducing non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the Middle East
On April 16, 2013, BGI Health and ACIBADEM Healthcare Group Genetic Diagnostic Center in cooperation with Genoks Company Molecular Biology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for jointly introducing the advanced genetic testing technologies to Turkey and improving Turkish reproductive healthcare
On April 19, 2013, a partnership between the University of Birmingham, BGI and its open-access journal, GigaScience, has received funding from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to develop a software platform for the analysis of large-scale environmental metabolomics data
On April 29, 2013, The Joint International Turtle Genomes Consortium, led by investigators from RIKEN, BGI, and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has completed the genome sequencing of soft-shell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) and green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
On May 17, 2013, in a collaborative research published in Nature Communications, investigators from Qinghai University, BGI, and other institutes provide evidence that some genetic factors may be associated with Tibetan Antelope’s adaption to harsh highland environments
On May 30, 2013, BGI Health and Istenhegyi Genetics Diagnostic Centre have formed strategic partnership for introducing non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to Hungary
On June 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it has partnered with a global alliance including nearly 70 leading health care, research, and disease advocacy organizations in over 40 countries to enable responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data
On June 10, 2013, the duck genome consortium consisted of scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, University of Edinburgh and other institutes has completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the duck (Anas platyrhynchos), one principal natural host of influenza A viruses
On June 17, 2013, BGI announces it has formed new partnership with Bogazici Univeristy, Acibadem University, and Cankiri Karatekin University, respectively
On June 28, 2013, BGI Health and Association of Czech genetic centers jointly announced the founding of a genetic test facility center in Prague, Czech, which will be the companies first test center focusing on prenatal diagnostics in Europe
On July 1, 2013, The Asian Cancer Research Group, in collaboration with BGI and The University of Hong Kong, jointly announced the publication of findings from a study of recurrent mutations in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the international journal Genome Research
On July 3, 2013, the international team, which included researchers from University of Copenhagen, BGI and other institutes, has successfully sequenced and analyzed the short pieces of DNA preserved in bone-remnants from a horse frozen for the last 700,000 years in the permafrost of Yukon, Canada
On July 18, 2013, Complete Genomics, Inc (formerly NASDAQ: GNOM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BGI-Shenzhen, today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Illumina, Inc
On July 22, 2013, BGI Shenzhen, together with Reproductive & Genetic Hospital CITIC-XIANGYA announced today that they have successfully applied Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to detect in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos with genetic abnormalities
On July 24, 2013, BGI Health and ELIPS jointly announced that they have entered a collaborative agreement on non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test with the aim to significantly improve the local people’s reproductive health in Turkey.
On August 9, 2013, Chinese scientists from Zhejiang University and BGI have completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis). The study was published in Cell Research.
On August 13, 2013, University of Alberta, Government of Alberta and BGI announce that they are forming a joint collaboration to commercialize a new diagnostic test for pre-cancerous polyps, PolypDx™, from Metabolomic Technologies Inc..
On August 16, 2013, an international team, consisting of scientists from University of California San Diego, BGI and other institutes, has investigated the entire DNA code of Andean individuals with chronic mountain sickness, or Monge's disease to unravel the puzzle of genetic mutations associated with CMS from whole-genome level. The study was published online in American Journal of Human Genetics.
On August 28, 2013, a consortium of researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and BGI has discovered that sorghum, a drought-tolerant African crop, holds vastly more genetic variation than previously reported. This study was published in Nature Communications.
On August 29, 2013, The MetaHIT consortium, comprised of Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique, University of Copenhagen, BGI, and other institutes, has investigated the gut microbial composition in a cohort of 123 non-obese and 169 obese Danish individuals. The latest results were published online in Nature.
September 5, 2013, BGI in collaboration with Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other Chinese institutes, have completed the genome sequencing of 161 Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can cause an infectious disease tuberculosis (TB). The study was published online in Nature Genetics.
On September 12, 2013, BGI Tech and South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics announced today that they are collaborating on the San Antonio 1000 Cancer Genome Project.
On September 18, 2013, An international team led by South Korea’s Personal Genomics Institute and BGI unraveled the first whole genome of a 9-year-old male Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), and compared it with the genomes of other big cats including the white Bengal tiger, lions, and snow leopards. The latest study was published online in Nature Communications.
On September 24, 2013, The 2nd International Conference on Genomics in the Americas (ICG-Americas 2013), was successfully held on 12-13 September in Sacramento, CA.
On September 24, 2013, BGI-Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sidra Medical and Research Center to bring genomics technology and population studies to Middle Eastern and North African countries.
On October 16, 2013, a Chinese research team composed of Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital, BGI and other institutes reports their latest study on bladder cancer genomics that was published online in Nature Genetics.
On October 21, 2013, Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) and BGI jointly announced that BGI has purchased 38 Ion Proton™ Sequencers and plans to add at least a dozen more by the end of the year.
On October 28, 2013, BGI-Hong Kong today announces that its 3730 production center has been put into operation, which enables BGI to shorten the turnaround time and greatly increase the efficient processing of DNA samples shipped by overseas collaborators and customers.
In November 2013, a new collaboration between, BGI-Shenzhen, GigaScience and Pensoft Publishers presents an innovative holistic approach to describing new species creating a new kind of ‘specimen’, the ‘cybertype’, a 3D computer image that can be downloaded anywhere in the world it is needed and swathe of data types to suit modern biology, including the transcriptome, a DNA barcode, video of the live animal in additional to the traditional morphological description. The approach is illustrated by the description of a new centipede species from Croatia – the ‘cyber centipede’ Eupolybothrus cavernicolus.
On October 29, 2013, researchers from Nanjing Normal University and BGI report their original genomic research on Baiji, also known as Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer). The latest study was published online in the journal Nature Communications.
On October 29, 2013, The China National Genebank has announced the development of a strategic alliance agreement with BioStorage Technologies, Inc.
On November 1, 2013, the 8th International Conference on Genomics was successfully concluded with numerous updates provided on on-going research applying today's accurate and affordable technologies to advancing human health and agricultural breeding.
On November 4, 2013, in a collaborative study published online today in Nature Genetics, researchers from the Genome Centre of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, BGI, and other institutes present a cucumber genomic variation map that includes about 3.6 million variants revealed by deep resequencing of 115 cucumbers worldwide.
On November 11, 2013, coding variants in immune disease-related genes play only a small part in the overall genetic risk for psoriasis, according to a new study led by Anhui Medical University and BGI. The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics.
On November 15, 2013, Carlsberg Laboratory and BGI Tech jointly announce their partnership to decode the DNA sequence of barley chromosome 6 with the aim to provide a valuable resource for the development of new barley cultivars.
On November 19, 2013, The China National Genebank (CNGB) announces the official launch of the 1,000 Fish Transcriptome Project (Fish T1K).
On November 25, 2013, in a collaborative study, researchers from Lanzhou University, BGI and other institutes have succeeded in unraveling the whole genome sequence of desert poplar, Populus euphratica, and the genetic bases underlying poplar to against salt stress. The research results have been published online in Nature Communications.
On November 25, 2013, in a paper published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea Genome Research Foundation, BGI, and other institutes presented the first high-depth minke whale genome and their new findings on how whales successfully adapted to ocean environment.
On November 27, 2013, BGI Health and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital entered into an agreement to introduce non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to India.
On December 3, 2013, The African Orphan Crops Consortium opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa’s smallholder farmers and their families, reduce hunger and boost Africa’s food supply. BGI is a member of the consortium.
On December 11, 2013, Chinese researchers from Rui-Jin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine, BGI and other institutes identified the recurrent T372R mutation in the transcription factor YY1 (Yin Yang 1) are related with insulinoma oncogenesis. The latest study was published online in Nature Communications.
On December 13, 2013, BGI-Health and University of Mayor jointly announced that they have entered a collaborative agreement on non-invasive fetal trisomy test, hereditary cancer genomic testing and monogenic disorder genomic testing.
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