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"We have provided answers to an array of specific questions posed by committee staff who are working on AB 70," Mark Schlissel, UC Berkeley's dean of biological sciences, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week. "Personally, I do not believe that the State Legislature should be considering bills that would dictate aspects of the curriculum at its university system."

The university will pilot a summer elective course on genetics that includes several precautionary measures to ensure that students don't feel coerced to participate. The incorporation of this course as a permanent program will depend on the success of this pilot, the university said.

Despite criticism, UC Berkeley shows no signs of halting its proposed plans to genetically test incoming freshman this fall. Although UC Berkeley is the first to attempt to roll out genetic testing within its student body, other campuses around the country are planning similar projects.

The Center for Genetics and Society wants the University of California, Berkeley, to halt its plans for testing incoming students for three genes linked to metabolism.

Researchers have sequenced a draft version of the Western clawed frog (Xenopus tropicalis) genome and started comparing the amphibian genome to those of humans and chickens.

A University of California at Berkeley research team has used bisulfite and RNA sequencing to assess and compare methylation patterns in more than a dozen plant and animal genomes.

The Biofab facility will develop parts, new methods, and ethics for synthetic biology programs.

The coding and non-coding regions of mammalian genomes contain similar evolutionary patterns, according to a study by University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers.

Joseph DeSimone, Lin He

Approximately one year after Pfizer and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences inked a three-year, $9.5 million drug-discovery pact, the alliance is now overseeing seven projects combining scientists from various Pfizer sites and QB3-affiliated researchers at UC-San Francisco.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.