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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.

Title: Chemical RNA Synthesis Method
Patent Number: 8,536,318
Filed: May 28, 2009
Lead Inventor: Francois Debart, French National Centre for Scientific Research

Australian expressed RNAi firm Benitec Biopharma provided an update on its research and development activities late last month, reporting that it remains on track to move its lead drug candidate, the hepatitis C therapy TT-034, into the clinic as early as this month.

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Australia will not be regulating gene editing of plants, animals, and human cell lines as long as no new genetic material is incorporated, reports Nature News.

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: study of epigenetic patterns in mammalian eggs, clonal expansion patterns in CD8+ T cells, and more.