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USDA Awards $5M to Wheat Genome Consortium

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Agriculture has awarded $5 million grant to a University of California, Davis-led consortium of wheat breeders and scientists, the University said yesterday.


The research focuses on genetic marker-assisted selection technologies to produce disease-resistant wheat, according to a statement.


The program includes breeders and researchers at universities in seventeen states and at four USDA laboratories. It is led by Jorge Dubcovsky at UC Davis.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.