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Inching Forward: Silkworm Genome Almost Finished by Japanese Institute

NEW YORK, March 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences has sequenced 80 percent of the silkworm genome, the institute said last week.

 

According to the NIAS, the Bombyx mori genome may help with breeding and developing new pesticides.

 

The results of the sequencing project will appear in the journal DNA Research.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.