NSF Grants in Four Acts

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The National Science Foundation received more than $5.6 billion for FY 2006 and is set to receive more than $6 billion next year. Knowing this, we decided to nose through their database to get an inkling of what was spent on a few of our favorite things. The aim of our search was to find top amounts granted to researchers in the realms of proteomics, sequencing, RNAi, and bioinformatics. For each category listed below, we used a range of search terms, then selected a few of the highest awards to show you where the money is going.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.