Institute for Genome Sciences

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a $1.4 million contract from the US Food and Drug Administration to sequence, assemble, and annotate a population of bacterial pathogens.

The award will support a University of Arizona-led team in developing a database characterizing genome variation in cassava — a plant for which a draft genome sequence is now available.

Bioinformatics

The Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology Consortium presented a vocabulary resource comprising more than 700 words focusing on microbe-host interactions. The words appear as part of eight papers is a special supplement to BMC Microbiology.

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.