Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said last week that it has signed an agreement to provide Bayer CropScience with a worldwide (except Australia) license to use its RNAi technology in developing and selling selected crop plant varieties. Aside from being the first time CSIRO has licensed the technology to a major agro-biotechnology firm, the deal marks the first of any RNAi licensing arrangement the organization has entered since it settled a dispute with Benitec.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.