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Cold Spring Harbor Lab to Get Ryegrass Sequence Data

NEW YORK, July 7 (GenomeWeb News) –  ViaLactia Biosciences and Orion Genomics will provide ryegrass sequence data to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers, the companies said in a statement yesterday.

The sequence data was produced in a three-year-old research alliance between ViaLactia, a subsidiary of Fonterra Co-Operative Group of New Zealand, a dairy products exporter, and Orion of St. Louis.

Cold Spring Harbor scientists will use the data to annotate publicly available plant sequences with the aim of improving forage and cereal crops for traits such as nutritive value and yield. The results will be available through the Gramene database.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

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.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

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.