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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists from Synthetic Genomics and the J. Craig Venter Institute have created a yeast-based platform for editing bacterial genomes using CRISPR/Cas9.

In a study published today in Scientific Reports, a team led by Venter and Daniel Gibson described how they engineered the small ribosomal subunit (16s) RNA of Mycoplasma mycoides, an essential gene for cell viability.

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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.