NEW YORK (GenomeWeb news) – The US Department of Agriculture is funding genomics research into sweet potatoes that could help plant breeders develop new varieties, and has awarded $120,000 to support a post-graduate research position.

Conducted by the Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Unit of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, the research will seek DNA markers in the sweet potato that could be used to develop new varieties for enhanced nutrition and improved resistance to climate change, environmental stress, pests, and diseases.

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Oct
17
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will present a method for RNA-seq expression analysis of FFPE-derived RNA samples that are too degraded for successful application of standard RNA-seq techniques.

Oct
25
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will detail a comprehensive strategy that a lab has put in place to evaluate  NGS oncology assays for genomic tumor profiling of plasma and tissue samples.