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Spud Sequence

The James Hutton Institute's Glenn Bryan expects growers to start seeing benefits from potato genome sequencing projects within the decade, Farmers Weekly reports. Speaking at a recent UK Potato Council briefing, Bryan said that while genetic research has already taught breeders much about tuber shape, among other traits, genomics still may deepen scientists' understanding of what makes certain varieties resistant to potato cyste nemadote and blight. "This of course will benefit the grower and the environment, as less emphasis is placed on the need for chemical controls," Bryan said, according to Farmers Weekly.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.