In the Soil

Trace Genomics wants to be a "23andMe for farms," TechCrunch writes. As GenomeWeb has reported, the startup company has raised $4 million in seed funding and has launched a $199 test to analyze soil samples for a dozen disease-causing pathogens.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.