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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.

The method, dubbed single-tube linear DNA amplification, or LinDA, is expected to facilitate genome-wide profiling of transcription factors and chromatin analyses using DNA obtained from just a few hundred cells.

Scientists from France's Université Paris-Diderot and CNRS developed the method and founded the company, which is seeking industrial partners to help further develop and commercialize a device that uses the technology to perform real-time PCR, isothermal PCR, and melting curve analysis.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.