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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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.