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As Long as the Camel Doesn't Spit on the Date

Researchers at Cornell's campus in Qatar have mapped the date palm genome, according to the Gulf Times. "We have generated a draft DNA sequence and initial assembly of the date palm," Joel Malek says, a project that involved using next-gen sequencers. He and his colleagues are working to expand the draft sequence but in the meantime say their work will be made available to other researchers. The date palm is an important crop in the Middle East.

In nearby Dubai, researchers say they have cloned the first camel, a one-humped female called Injaz, or "achievement."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.