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The New York Times reports that scientists are concerned about a significant loss of genetic diversity in commercial chicken populations. A study led by a Purdue University researcher shows that "fifty percent or more of the diversity of ancestral breeds has been lost," which "could make chicken production more susceptible to disease outbreaks for which resistant genes have disappeared."

 

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.