USDA

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.

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.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.