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LSBC to Develop Non-GMO Pest Control Products

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - Large Scale Biology said today that it has signed a deal to help Monterey County, Calif.-based Growers Research Group research and develop non-genetically modified organism product to control plant pests.

Under the arrangement, the partners will use LSBC’s Geneware gene expression technology to develop vectors that will combat certain diseases in perennial plants.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed, but LSBC said that they include funding for gene expression vector development and methods of plant delivery, as well as provisions for future ownership and licensing by the collaborators.

According to LSBC, this deal is another step in an ongoing partnership with Growers Research Group to develop new treatments for bacterial infections in various crops.

The Scan

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.