agricultural genomics

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

In Genome Biology this week: heritable DNA methylation in Arabidopsis, genetic networks linked to agronomical traits in soybean, and more.

By combining in vivo and in vitro proximity ligation technologies, highly accurate and contiguous genomes can help accelerate more traditional, genetic-marker based crop breeding.

The proceeds will be used to advance the firm's CropOS computational platform, and to develop other promising product candidates for increasing crop yields.

The proceeds from the seed round will enable the company 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.

Verne Global Data Center in Iceland

The recent decision by a top UK research institute to outsource its data storage to a lower-cost, clean energy facility in Iceland has observers taking notice.

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.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.