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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Monsanto has acquired agricultural biotechnology firm GrassRoots Biotechnology for an undisclosed amount.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GrassRoots Biotechnology and Monsanto today announced the extension of an agreement for the development of gene promoters to enhance and protect crop yields.

Though his previous work with microRNAs doesn't specifically factor into the company's projects, Duke's Philips Benfey expects that small, non-coding RNAs will eventually prove to be a key aspect of the company's efforts in gene-discovery and -expression.

Researchers from Duke University have identified a transcription factor that regulates peroxidase enzymes in Arabidopsis roots, influencing root growth.

The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.