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University of Illinois Researchers Get $3M DOE Grant for Studying Soybean Genomic Responses to Climate

NEW YORK, May 26 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers from the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have received a $2.98 million grant from the US Department of Energy to study genetic responses of soybeans to climate change, the university said yesterday.

 

The project, to be headed by Evan Delucia, a professor of plant biology, is part of the institute's Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme. Researchers plan to use genomic technologies to study soybeans as a model system of plant genetic responses to climate change.

 

The scientists will use technologies from the Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics at Illinois and from the university's soybean functional genomics laboratory.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.