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Research teams and commercial firms are increasingly using genome editing to address farm animal health and welfare, from viral resistance to physical traits.

EBP Chair and UC Davis Professor Harris Lewin also said that he and his partners have organized a pilot study in the Amazon basin as a proof-of-concept project.

Along with sequencing and resequencing on orphan crop plants, the team is providing professional development to spur genomics-assisted plant breeding in Africa.

Just Boy Cattle

Alison Van Eenennaam at UC Davis is turning to CRISPR to develop all-male cattle, according to Technology Review.

Researchers have tied mutations in a methanethiol oxidase-encoding gene to some cases of chronic bad breath.

The Global Virome Project proposes to discover all viruses capable of jumping between animals and humans, at an estimated cost of around $5 billion. 

Researchers compared microbes found by swabbing the International Space Station to swabs taken from houses and to the human microbiome.

Participants in the pilot will begin developing the capabilities required for the planned data commons, including making data transparent and interoperable.

The partners will work together to study the genomics of cannabis for medical and nutraceutical applications.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: grape genomes give insight into domestication, columnar cacti classification, and more.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.