NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A US-Indian initiative to use molecular methods to improve pigeonpea breeding has been launched.

Called the Pigeonpea Improvement using Molecular Breeding project, the three-year, $2 million initiative seeks to use genomic tools to develop improved cultivars more efficiently.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

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