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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.

The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.