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The University of Florida, Gainesville has won a $5.4 million USDA/DOE grant to develop sweet sorghum varieties as a biofuel crop and a source for new bioplastics.

The University of Oklahoma will use a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy to study the soil microbe communities in the Alaskan tundra and in Oklahoma grasslands.

The $9 million Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy program funded research into genomics and systems biology at eight universities and institutes studying biofuel plants.

A UCSD-led consortium will use $12 million from DOE and industry, including Life Technologies, for systems biology-based algae research.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D -Md.) intends to bring back soon the America Competes Act, which includes funding boosts for NSF and energy.

DOE's Biology programs in 2011 would land $322 million for a range of energy-related 'omics and other studies.

The supercomputer processing hours at Oak Ridge and Argonne labs will be used for life sciences, as well as climate and environmental studies.

Genome British Columbia said today that a team comprising researchers from Canada, the US, and France is embarking on an effort to sequence and develop genetic tools for the sunflower genome.

The Biomass Genomics Research program will support genomics for plant feedstocks and biofuels.

JGI expects to generate about a third of a terabase of sequence data for CSP 2010 projects, about half on 454's sequencing platform, the other half using Illumina's technology.

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ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.