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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.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.