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Australian researchers have developed a predictive lifespan clock based on CpG density at 42 different promoter sites.

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.

Two new papers identified mutations in Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici avirulence genes AvrSr35 and AvrSr50 that avoid detection by wheat resistance proteins. 

The CSIRO researchers are collaborating to validate their results and determine the effects of epigenetics on CRISPR gRNA effectiveness.

BGI will work with researchers in Australia on agricultural and human health projects, and will seek new partnerships across the region. 

Boom, Ideas

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

The funding will support the creation of a genomics research consortium of Australian academic and government research organizations.

Looking Elsewhere

Budget cuts and other changes may be leading young Australian researchers to seek positions outside the country.

The study has also laid the groundwork for similar efforts in other crops, leading to a newly developed high-oleic safflower oil.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Clinical Genomics and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation today announced a licensing agreement allowing Clinical Genomics to develop and commercialize its ColoVantage Plasma bowel cancer detection test.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.