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Keygene, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences Co-Found Plant-Genomics Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Keygene and the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have established a laboratory to study plant genomics and breeding, Keygene said today.
 
The SIBS’ Institute for Plant Physiology and Ecology opened on July 12 and will use Keygene’s AFLP, SNPWave, CRoPS, and KeyPoint technologies, which are part of the company’s genotyping research capabilities, custom plant SNP-detection assays, and bioinformatics platforms aimed at plant and vegetable breeding.
 
Keygene CEO Arjen van Tunen said that by using the company’s molecular sciences capabilities with SIBS' knowledge of Asian crops, the lab’s research will “pave the way for the improvement of vegetable and field crops in a collaborative and innovative way."

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.