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In 2015, the iBOL project met its initial milestone of generating barcode sequences for 500,000 animal, plant, and fungal species.

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A Genome Canada-led project aims to cut down on methane released by cattle, Wired reports.

The Canadian government, along with various Canadian provinces and private sector partners, have committed C$17 million to the projects.

The country's health minister said the research could help detect plant pests and mislabeled seafood, among other benefits.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – InstantLabs today announced an agreement with the University of Guelph to co-develop DNA-based tests to combat seafood species fraud, which is estimated to cost consumers and the food industry billions of dollars.

The project involves nine researchers at three universities who plan to produce a draft genome sequence for dry beans and to develop genetic markers for improved varieties of dry beans, especially disease-resistant beans.

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The researchers successfully amplified DNA from the "worm" in a bottle of mezcal by sampling straight from the alcohol and leaving the organism untouched.

The study aims to find biomarkers that will help produce more marketable pigs.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.