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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The type of enzymes that white rot fungi use to break down a stubborn polymer called lignin in wood have been around for some 300 million years, originating in an ancestor of fungi in the Agaricomycetes class, a new study suggests.

The biomarker diagnostics company and the school will partner on a center for research into genes, proteins, and metabolites for use in personalized cancer assays.

The state is hoping that federal agencies will approve at least the $8.7 billion in grants the state expects to win under the $787 billion economic stimulus measure signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.