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AgBiome Inks Partnership with Syngenta

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Agbiome, a developer of microbe-based agricultural technologies, announced today that it has struck a deal to develop crop-protection products with ag-bio giant Syngenta.

Under the multi-year deal, Syngenta will fund AgBiome's development of undisclosed plant-protection technologies for crops of interest. Specific terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

"AgBiome's ever-growing collection of microbes and sequence data, coupled with our proprietary screening capabilities, provide a powerful engine for trait discovery," AgBiome CSO Dan Tomso said in a statement.

The Scan

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Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

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For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.