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Cheers, Yeast!

Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

Genome editing will likely first touch many people's lives through its use in agriculture, says the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna at the Financial Times.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

In PNAS this week: method to predict cancer susceptibility, root microbiome, and more.

Excitement for CRISPR

Researchers from the Doudna lab and the National Human Genome Research Institute held an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit last week.

The Broad Institute also announced announced a setback in proceedings over a CRISPR patent application filed in Europe.

For Chocolate's Sake

The University of California, Berkeley, and chocolate-maker Mars are working together to tweak cacao plants using gene editing so the plants can handle climate change.

CRISPR Hopes for ALS

Gizmodo wonders whether CRISPR could present a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In Science this week: genomic studies of how fungal pathogen overcomes resistant wheat plants, and more.

Graduate students and others object to the US House of Representatives tax bill treating tuition waivers as income.


Italy has held talks with vaccine developers to manufacture mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to the Financial Times.

The Associated Press reports US officials are removing restrictions on fetal tissue research that were added during the Trump Administration.

The Biden Administration is investing $1.7 billion to detect and monitor SARS-CoV-2 variants.

In PLOS this week: genome instability in Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, introduction of SARS-CoV-2 to the Colombian Amazon, and more.