Australian government

It will be possible to upload genomic data to Australia's My Health Record system, which has raised privacy issues, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission will include a series of studies to tackle rare diseases and cancers.

The new Australian federal budget includes funds for genomic research, according to the Australian Financial Review.

GenoVic will provide workflow management, variant interpretation, and a data repository that supports various analytics tools for clinicians across the state of Victoria.

Testing for Free

Australia makes genetic testing for women with family history of breast or ovarian cancer freely available, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Beef producers in Australia are fighting a bovine genome patent awarded to US companies, the ABC reports.

Australia may take on its own project to sequence 100,000 genomes, according to the PHG Foundation.

Boom, Ideas

Under a new scheme, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is to receive $166 million.

Neuroscientist Alan Finkel is to be Australia's next chief scientist, ScienceInsider reports.

The Australian High Court rules that isolated genetic material cannot be patented.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.