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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.

Researchers plan to identify the plant's genetic diversity and evolutionary history in order to increase production and nutritional value.

The German startup is building a business around providing bioinformatics analysis services to large agricultural biotechnology companies.

The effort brings together gene banks, researchers, plant breeders, and big data experts, all of whom will use genomics to unlock crop diversity.

 

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Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.