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Univ. of Georgia Researcher Gets Grant for Plant Genomics Study

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program has awarded a team of University of Georgia researchers a four-year, $3.9 million grant to study the genes and enzymes that make plant cell wall materials and to investigate cell wall structure.

 

It is the latest in a series of grants totaling $36 million awarded to UGA researchers from the program since its inception in 1998. The latest grant follows on a $5.6 million grant titled "Functional Genomics of the Maize Centromere" awarded in July to a UGA team led by plant biologist Kelly Dawe.

The Scan

Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.