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DuPont, CSHL Extend Plant Biology Research Alliance

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DuPont and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory this week announced a five-year renewal of their exclusive plant biology research alliance.

First formed in 2007, the collaboration is focused on the genetic basis of fundamental plant processes controlling growth, development, and yield, and includes the study of key microRNAs.

“CSHL’s successful partnership with DuPont Pioneer has fostered strong collaboration between a uniquely aligned group of research and industry scientists,” CSHL President Bruce Stillman said in a statement. “These two groups are leveraging each other’s strengths to achieve research results that we believe will lead to important improvements in crop yield around the world.”

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.