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Inexpensive Chip Detects Covid-19, Other Pathogens

TriSilix chip

A small silicon lab-on-a-chip device costing about $0.35 to make is shown in lab tests to quickly detect SARS-CoV-2 viruses and infectious bacteria. . . . → Read More: Inexpensive Chip Detects Covid-19, Other Pathogens

Wheat Genome Study IDs Critical Genes, Traits

Curtis Pozniak in wheat field

An international research team identified key features of the complex wheat genome, including genes affecting the grain’s yield, quality, and survival. . . . → Read More: Wheat Genome Study IDs Critical Genes, Traits

Salk, Energy Utility Partner on Carbon Capture Plants

Sorghum field

A California energy utility and Salk Institute are collaborating on engineering new plant varieties that capture and store more carbon dioxide in the ground. . . . → Read More: Salk, Energy Utility Partner on Carbon Capture Plants

Giant Hornet Genome Sequenced

Asian giant hornet

The genome of the Asian giant hornet, a species threatening bees and humans, was analyzed, with the data released by the Agricultural Research Service. . . . → Read More: Giant Hornet Genome Sequenced

Venture Fund Plans $350M for Biotech Start-Ups

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A new venture fund plans investments in early-stage life science companies addressing critical needs in therapeutics, but also agriculture and industrial biotechnology. . . . → Read More: Venture Fund Plans $350M for Biotech Start-Ups

Trial Underway for Seasonal Flu Antibody Therapy

Cattle

A participant in an early-stage clinical trial received the first dose of an experimental synthetic antibody produced in cattle to treat seasonal influenza. . . . → Read More: Trial Underway for Seasonal Flu Antibody Therapy

Univ. Lab Discovers, Licenses Citrus Disease Treatment

Australian finger lime

Plant scientists in California discovered a natural peptide that stops bacteria from causing citrus greening, a disease destroying citrus crops worldwide. . . . → Read More: Univ. Lab Discovers, Licenses Citrus Disease Treatment

DNA Bar Codes Added in Spores to Track Farm Products

Synthetic microbe spores made with unique DNA identifiers are shown to be capable of safely tracking vegetable crops from the farm to retail stores. . . . → Read More: DNA Bar Codes Added in Spores to Track Farm Products

Covid-19 Antibody Therapy Prepares for Trial

Cattle

A biotechnology company producing synthetic antibodies in cattle, without human blood, to treat Covid-19 infections is advancing the therapy toward a clinical trial. . . . → Read More: Covid-19 Antibody Therapy Prepares for Trial

Coffee, Hemp Cells Set for Space Station Study

Coffee beans

A company is sending cell cultures from hemp and coffee plants to the International Space Station to test effects of weightlessness on the plants’ gene expression. . . . → Read More: Coffee, Hemp Cells Set for Space Station Study