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.

American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.