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The program is specifically geared toward graduate students from underrepresented and minority groups.

Using genome sequencing and comparative genomics, two research teams characterized the black streak disease-causing pathogen and related fungal species.

A new study in PNAS documents how genomic selection using SNP chips has rapidly changed breeding practices in the dairy industry over the last decade.

A CRIPSR-Cas9-edited mushroom falls outside US Department of Agriculture regulations, Nature News reports.

US regulators are to discuss how to oversee crops modified using new gene-editing techniques.

A GAO review finds no evidence of disparities in grant success rates by gender at agencies with sufficient data, but some agencies are not conducting required Title IX compliance reviews.

The USDA and DOE aim to fund research that will improve the use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels or renewable chemical feedstock.

The money will be used to develop genomic tools and technologies for creating disease-resistant plants of the Cucurbitaceae family such as watermelons and pumpkins.

Included in the funding is about $2.5 million specifically to develop tools and resources for animal breeding genetics and genomics.

The two-year award comes on the heels of the publication of a map of the Upland cotton genome by US and Chinese researchers.

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In PNAS this week: carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, selection against educational attainment-linked variants, and more.

Technology Review points out that a new US presidential science advisor hasn't been selected.

Researchers find that blood tests might be able to help determine severity of a concussion, Wired reports.

President-elect Donald Trump considers other candidates for director of the National Institutes of Health, Nature News reports.