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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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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.