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 Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.