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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. 

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: de novo mutations contribute to non-syndromic craniosynostosis, fungal tree of life, and more.

An international team of researchers has sequenced the wild emmer wheat genome and compared it to the genome sequences of domesticated varieties.

The grants are provided through the NSF's Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research program in partnership with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The genome of the model organism and agricultural pest uncovered a high level of macrosynteny and decreased levels of microsynteny.

Interviews with some of the leading academics in the field of crop research revealed a preference for NGS and genotyping-by-sequencing, in particular.

The funding will also support a partnership developing agricultural educational and training opportunities for students in genomics and bioinformatics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using a synthetic biology-based approach, researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute and Kansas State University found that a bat influenza virus uncovered in 2009 poses little-to-no pandemic threat to humans.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team of researchers looking into genomic patterns in wheat has developed a map of genetic variability and unearthed alleles that were subject to selection, according

With the help of a US Department of Agriculture grant, a Kansas State University doctoral student is using RNAi to combat an insect that acts as a vector for a plant disease responsible for an estimated $1 billion in crop damage worldwide each year.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

A new study of a β-thalassemia gene therapy appears promising, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: hair color genes, hybridization between 13-year and 17-year cicadas, and more.

Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.