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News.com.au reports Cathy Foley, an applied physicist, is to be Australia's next chief scientist.

By employing distributed computational resources and a novel algorithm, the VariantSpark technology is able to process a trillion data points in 15 hours. 

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.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.