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.

An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.