Genome Canada

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A Genome Canada-led project aims to cut down on methane released by cattle, Wired reports.

The consortium conducts basic science on the structures of human proteins and releases the research to the public.

The Canadian government, along with various Canadian provinces and private sector partners, have committed C$17 million to the projects.

The funding will support projects involving the use of genomic technologies to improve human health and agriculture, as well as to address key environmental challenges.

The researchers will use genomics to address challenges facing Canada's forestry, healthcare, agricultural, and aquacultural industries.

The awards are a result of Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's 2015 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition.

The suggested funding is part of Trudeau's proposed 2016 federal budget, which also includes additional financial support for agricultural genomics research.

The network builds on a 2012 program examining how genomics-based research could contribute to improve the cost-effectiveness of the healthcare system.

The funding will support support two alliances between industry and academia that are applying genomic technologies to agriculture and healthcare.

The team will employ reverse vaccinology coupled with high-throughput genomics approaches, such as RNA-seq, to deliver the new vaccines within four years.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.