Variation feature changes in NCBI Reference Sequences coming in 2018

Starting in March 2018, SNP variation features will no longer be in RefSeq genome assembly records – chromosome and contig records with NC_, NT_, NW_ and AC_ accession prefixes. This change affects both the ASN.1 and flatfile records. Because the … Continue reading

NCBI releases newly designed dbSNP RefSNP Report – Alpha version

NCBI dbSNP is pleased to announce a newly designed Reference SNP (RefSNP, rs) Report webpage to provide enhanced performance and presentation for access to individual RefSNP records. This Alpha version of the report enables browsing of submitted and computed RefSNP … Continue reading

ClinVar Allele-Based Summaries Now Available for FTP Download

ClinVar, NCBI’s archive of submitted associations between alleles in the human genome and diseases or phenotypes, is now producing XML files that aggregate all submitted disease/phenotype information by variant (or set of variants) for public release via FTP bulk download. … Continue reading

NCBI’s Virus Variation Resource Enhancements Include Standardized Search Criteria

NCBI’s Virus Variation resource makes it easy to find genome and protein sequences for a number of viruses – no more stumbling through multiple synonyms to find what you need. Now you can search using standardized biological criteria and intuitive … Continue reading

Phasing out support for non-human genome organism data in dbSNP and dbVar

This blog post is directed toward people who use dbSNP and dbVar, particularly those who submit non-human data to the two databases. dbSNP and dbVar archive, process, display and report information related to germline and somatic variations from multiple species. … Continue reading

New Web Services for Comparing and Grouping Sequence Variants

This blog post is intended for geneticists and dataflow engineers who need to compare genetic variants. Have you ever tried to determine if two genetic variants are the same? If so, you’re not alone. There are competing ways to represent … Continue reading

Culture like Relativity

One of the prominent ways to think about culture is as a system of symbols or beliefs. For example, Clifford Geertz wrote in 1973: Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself … Continue reading »

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Oppression, Mental Health, and the House Science Committee

By Steven Folmar, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology, Wake Forest University      On September 15 of this year, I learned from my Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) that the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space … Continue reading »

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Nicholas Wade and His Determinist Genes

TroublesomeThe subtitle of Nicholas Wade’s new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, is transparent. In combining genes, race, and human history, Wade makes a simplistic argument: genes determine race, and race determines human history. Wade is …

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Sensory Anthropology Meets Neuroanthropology

By Alexis Winter

Greg Downey, in his recent post on language and smell, opened a carton of expiring milk and poured himself into an exploration of cross-cultural variation in sensory experience.

While humans have evolved into primarily visual beings, …

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