The projects are focused on the impact of microbe communities on soil nutrient cycling, and the relationship between gene function and beneficial plant traits.
The $10 million initiative will include scientists from the University of California's campuses, as well as from governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
The Broad Institute called UC's new legal strategy "deeply unfortunate" and called on the university to "move beyond litigation."
As MPEG LA tries to complete its larger CRISPR IP patent pool, smaller license agreements continue and a mini-pool has emerged between key players.
The process challenges claims made in certain UC Berkeley patents on the use of CRISPR-Cas9 to edit eukaryotic genomes.
During the five-year collaboration, the partners will research disease-causing gene mutations and develop new CRISPR-based technologies for drug discovery.
An analysis using UK Biobank data indicates that the CCR5-Δ32 gene mutations He Jiankui reportedly attempted to introduce into human embryos may be deleterious.
The researchers used circularly permuted Cas9 variants to produce four cytosine and four adenine base editors with an expanded editing window.
With CRISPR being applied to a range of biological problems, researchers are searching for ways to stop its edits, Technology Review reports.
To understand the evolution of brain conditions and other traits, investigators plan to sequence human and pathogen DNA in thousands of samples from Europe.
NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.
According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.
A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.
In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.