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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. 

The ag-bio giant has also taken an equity position in privately held, Rehovot, Israel-based TargetGene.

US regulators are to discuss how to oversee crops modified using new gene-editing techniques.

Some customers have already been able to access the low-cost, low-plex genotyping solution as a service since Affy acquired Eureka last year.

The team will employ reverse vaccinology coupled with high-throughput genomics approaches, such as RNA-seq, to deliver the new vaccines within four years.

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A University of California, Los Angeles-led team has found turning off the CCR5 gene could improve recovery after a stroke, according to Scientific American.

South Dakota lawmakers are to weigh a bill aimed at teaching the strengths and weaknesses of scientific concepts, the Associated Press and KEVN-Black Hills Fox report.

In Science this week: the synthetic genetic system hachimoji, and more.

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell machines in China's Xinjiang region, according to the Wall Street Journal.