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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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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.