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Using a yeast assay, a team of American and Canadian researchers has uncovered new details about the movement of a group of transposable elements in the rice genome.

Under the Phenotypic Drug Discovery program, researchers from academia or biotech submit candidate compounds in specific therapeutic areas for Lilly to evaluate and profile. Participating organizations retain full IP rights to the compounds, but Lilly receives first rights to negotiate a broader collaboration or licensing agreement.

The first closing comprises a $7.5 million investment from the state — about $2.5 million less than originally planned — and $11.25 million from private investors. The fund will invest in companies with technologies developed at the six GRA member academic institutions.

The university will lead a multi-center study of large flowering plants seeking genetics behind certain traits.

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The Animal Genome Program will support studies in 15 states for disease and genetics studies.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.