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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.

Using nuclear and mitochondrial genome sequencing and genotyping, researchers have garnered clues about the genetic diversity and structure within Tasmanian devil populations and gained insights into the contagious cancer threatening devils in the wild.

The funding will support studies of Holstein cows to develop genomic characteristics for boosting milk production efficiency.

The project's goal is to sequence the genomes of 5,000 insects and other arthropods to gain a better understanding of insect biology and better manage those that pose threats to human health, the food supply, and economic security.

By comparing genetic and gene expression patterns in African cattle breeds that are relatively sensitive or resistant to Trypanosoma congolense infection, researchers have identified genes that they suspect may contribute to trypanotolerance in cattle.

A group of partners from the three countries will share genomic evaluation data for breeding and boosting the total number of cattle being examined.

The funding will be used for purchasing equipment and operating costs of the new laboratory, which will be a spinout of the University of Alberta's Livestock Gentec Program.

The Technology Strategy Board and BBSRC will provide more than £4.5 million ($7.3 million) for 11 research and development projects using genomics-based technologies.

Researchers from the University of Lethbridge will develop new strategies to "mitigate the shedding" of E. coli O157:H7 and new compounds to control the pathogen.

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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.