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New Zealand University Wins $1.3M to Study Legal Implications of Genome Technologies

NEW YORK, April 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of Otago, in New Zealand, will co-ordinate a NZ$2 million (US$1.3 million) project that will study the "legal implications of human genome-linked technologies," according to a local media report.

The New Zealand Law Foundation, a charitable trust that promotes law-related research, will provide the money through 2007, the New Zealand Herald reported.


Mark Henaghan, dean of the university's law faculty, will head the research team, which will also include researchers in the United Kingdomand the United States.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.