By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke plans to award a $1.8 million grant next year to fund a study to evaluate biomarkers for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

SMA occurs in around 1 in 6,000 live births, is associated with a mutation in chromosome 5, and is among the most common genetic causes of infantile death.

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In Nature this week: mouse genome functional analysis, more sensitive chromatin immunoprecipitation, and more.

The Center for Data Innovation and HealthITNow argue for re-building of genomic research infrastructure.

A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to require articles resulting from federally funded projects to be made publicly available, according to ScienceInsider.

The US is heading toward another budget showdown, Nature News says.