NEW YORK, July 16 – Chile’s state-owned copper miner Codelco has announced plans to launch the Chile Genome Initiative, a project that will use gene sequencing to develop new strains of bacteria that can be used for commercial mining, Dow Jones reported.

Organizers of the initiative have invited private companies to join the “bio-mining” program, which is hoping to raise another $2.5 million from private investors, Dow Jones reported.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

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China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.