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Beijing Institute Begins Sequencing Rice and Pig


BEIJING--The Beijing Genomics Institute announced that it will begin rice and pig genome sequencing projects. The majority of the sequencing for both projects will be done at the institute's recently opened sequencing facility using Amersham Pharmacia Biotech's MegaBace 1000 DNA sequencer.

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The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.