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Bunch at Once

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service will use the company's 3M Molecular Detection System for pathogen detection.

The multi-year cow genomics project aims to improve genetic selection and identify functional elements in the cow's genome.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

With FALCON-Phase, investigators used PacBio long reads and Hi-C data from Phase Genomics to assemble a haplotype-phased, diploid genome for a hybrid bull.

The US Department of Agriculture says it won't regulate genome-edited plants.

The Trump administration is considering choosing a non-scientist to oversee the USDA's Research, Education, and Economics division, Mashable reports.

Not the Same Strain

Genetic analysis finds that the bird flu strain found on a Tennessee chicken farm differs from one linked to multiple deaths in China, Reuters reports.

Increasingly, researchers are combining sequencing, mapping, and scaffolding technologies to generate more contiguous and accurate reference genomes. 

The grants are provided through the NSF's Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research program in partnership with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.