NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech will use a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead an effort to create a drought gene interaction network for rice and maize.

The goal of the three-year systems biology effort is to identify key regulatory genes and signaling pathways that may be used to improve drought resistance.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.