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European Science Foundation

By Julia Karow
In an effort to unravel the genetics of monogenic forms of epilepsy, a consortium of researchers in Europe has embarked on the Genetics of Rare Epilepsy Syndromes project.

Calling for greater funding from governments, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector, the report said "recent years have witnessed an unprecedented gain of knowledge from" RNA research, yet Europe has "only has a few centers specifically funded to RNA research."

The European Science Foundation said it envisions the institute consisting of locally-funded, multidisciplinary centers with research groups in disciplines, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, biophysics, structural analysis, microbiology, plant sciences, and clinical medicine.

The BBSRC and EPSRC have granted over $2 million to support synthetic biology projects involving UK/Europe collaborations.

In PLOS this week: RNA-seq, ChIP-seq to determine metformin response; array-based approach to detect protozoa in blood; and more.

Fast Company takes a look at startups in the nutrigenomic space that aim to offer personalized diet advice.

In a glamorous event, the Breakthrough Foundation gave out more than $25 million in prizes to researchers.

Immunotherapy might treat cancer, but it also appears to come with a risk of a number of side effects, the New York Times reports.