With hundreds of bacterial genome sequences, researchers characterized horizontal gene transfer hotspots contributing to genome evolution and diversification.

Using data for thousands of African individuals, researchers retraced migrations by Bantu language groups and ties to other populations in Africa and beyond.


Genome sequencing on Penicillim roqueforti, P. camemberti, and related fungi point to a role for horizontal gene transfer in fungal 'domestication' for cheese production.

Sequences from braconid wasps and the viruses they use to reproduce in moths and butterflies turned up in the genomes of non-host insects. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In a study appearing online today in Science, an international team led by investigators in the US and France described efforts to establish and start analyzing the coffee genome

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – French molecular diagnostics firm Theradiag announced Monday that its microRNA diagnostics subsidiary Prestizia has inked two deals to develop HIV/AIDS assays in collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Title: Chemical RNA Synthesis Method
Patent Number: 8,536,318
Filed: May 28, 2009
Lead Inventor: Francois Debart, French National Centre for Scientific Research

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Cambridge, Mass., has received US Patent No. 8,367,001, "Emissive sensors and devices incorporating these sensors." The patent claims sensors and methods for sensing analytes based on the sensors' luminescent properties.

Most random gene expression signatures are significantly associated with breast cancer outcome, according to a research team at Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Hitachi of Tokyo has received US Patent No.


360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.