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The Boston-based synthetic biology company will use the proceeds to grow Bioworks3, its new organism foundry, and to expand into new markets.

ExcitePCR's technology detects pathogens in 30 minutes or less using a backpack-sized device, integrating sample prep with PCR and RIF technology in a disposable cartridge.

The yet-to-be-named entity will draw on the partners' respective resources in synthetic biology and plant and agricultural products.

The proceeds from the seed round will enable TL Biolabs to fund the development and commercial launch of a $15 genomic test for dairy and beef cattle.

A Little Spritz

An Australian team has developed a method to spray double-stranded RNA on plants to make them resistant to pests, Technology Review reports.

CRISPR/Cpf1 can serve as an alternative or even complementary genome editing technology to CRISPR/Cas9, which Monsanto has also licensed from the Broad.

The assembly of the agricultural pest Rhizoctonia solani genome was more contiguous and larger than previous short-read assemblies.

An Irish agriculture official says genomics could be used to fight cattle rustlers, according to AgriLand.

The firm's technology, called genotyping by random amplicon sequencing, or GRAS, should improve the efficiency of identifying and selecting markers for crop improvement.

BGI will work with researchers in Australia on agricultural and human health projects, and will seek new partnerships across the region. 

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Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.