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NC State, Cornell Researchers Get $2.6M NSF Grant for Rice Genome Research

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (GenomeWeb) - Researchers from NC State University and Cornell University have earned a three-year $2.57 million National Science Foundation grant to study genetic variation in rice, the schools said today.


The researchers, under principal investigator Michael Purugganan, associate professor of genetics at NC State, will examine SNPs to gain an insight into the evolution of the rice genome with the goal of providing methods for improving crop-breeding practices for the one of the world's most important food crops.



The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.