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With AU$2.6M in its Pouch, Australian Kangaroo Genome Project Leaps Ahead

NEW YORK, July 11 - A new Australian research center will sequence the genome of the Australian kangaroo, the Australian federal minister for science, Peter McGauran, said yesterday at the XIX International Congress of Genetics in Melbourne.

 

Over the next five years, the Center for the Kangaroo Genome will receive AU$2.6 million ($1.71 million) in funding from the Australian Research Council to study the DNA of kangaroos.

 

The center plans to analyze the genome of the Tammar Wallaby, a kangaroo type animal. Researchers hope to learn about the evolutionary relationship between mammals and marsupials.

 

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

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For Those Long Legs

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September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

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