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Victoria to Add AU$3 million to Tammar Wallaby Sequencing Project

NEW YORK, April 2 (GenomeWeb News) - The government of Victoria, Australia announced today that it is adding an additional AU$3 million ($2.2 million) investment to the sequencing project of the tammar wallaby, according to several Australian news outlets.

 

Victoria has already promised $AU1.5 million to fund the project, which is being managed by the Australian Genome Research Facility and the US National Institutes of Health.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

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.