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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at universities in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands will use €1.7 million ($2.5 million) to conduct systems biology and informatics-based studies of plant seed germination, according to the University of Freiburg.

The Virtual Seed (vSeed) consortium, which is funded by the three nations' national research organizations, will work to provide a mathematical description of the processes involved in seed germination in two related plants, Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) and Lepidium satvium (garden cress).

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

The Guardian reports that the UK COVID genomics consortium is monitoring mutations that are arising within circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains for any that may affect future vaccines.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

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