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The University of Rhode Island has won a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation — the single largest grant in the university's history — toward molecular biology research in marine life science there and at eight partner academic institutions statewide.

The funding expands the Pharmacogenomics Research Network for five years and will support 14 scientific research projects and seven network resources.

The funding is being divvied among eight expanded disease demonstration projects and six technology development projects.

The proteomics center at the university will use the money from NHLBI to identify peptides from the extracellular matrix to identify biomarkers associated with heart failure.

A grant program will provide up to $3.5 million in 2011 to SBIR and STTR grant winners to develop biomarkers for alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol-related organ damages.

Michigan State University scientists will use the funding to study gut microbes and the effect they have on diseases.

The supplemental grant will be used to develop a point-of-care test for urinary tract infections.

A new NINDS and NIMH grant program will provide up to $5 million in grants to develop scalable assays for analysis of molecular and cellular events in neurons related to brain functioning.

The multi-center research project will use sequencing, expression analysis, and a range of other systems biology approaches to understand early immune responses to HIV.

NIEHS will lead a $2.6 million program to fund research to validate candidate biomarkers for measuring environmental stressors.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.