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The genome of the black mustard plant Brassica nigra is presented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists in Nature Plants this week. A member of the agriculturally important Brassicaceae family, Brassica nigra has largely been neglected in terms of genetic analysis and selection through breeding, the team writes.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.