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Genome Alberta said yesterday that it plans to use C$20.6 million (US$20.3 million) to apply genomics to study cow and pig traits in order to enhance the animals' livestock potential.

The funding will support projects seeking to boost disease resistance and enhance growth factors in Asian Seabass, Mozambique tilapia, and in rice plants.

The researchers used an Illumina sequencing platform for the project, which they said is the first time an animal genome project has been carried out entirely in Australia.

A polar bear phylogeny based on hundreds of mitochondrial DNA sequences from polar and brown bear samples from as far back as about 120,000 years ago hints at a shared maternal ancestry for modern polar bears and Irish brown bears.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.