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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.

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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.

The new Australian prime minister has appointed Christopher Pyne as science minister, according to ScienceInsider.

A decision is expected soon in Australia's gene patenting court case.

The Australian government plans to award the funding to one team for research that will help clinicians use genomics to manage diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

In deciding to surrender a key patent to the Australian government, it seems Myriad may be preparing to sacrifice a small slice of its IP holdings in a secondary market in an effort to avoid any erosion of its position in the landmark US case challenging seven of its BRCA gene patents.

Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded the University of Queensland about US$19.3 million to support it's cancer genome sequencing project aimed at characterizing pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.