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Researchers have sequenced a draft version of the Western clawed frog (Xenopus tropicalis) genome and started comparing the amphibian genome to those of humans and chickens.

The consolidation follows JGI's expectation this year that it will multiply the quantity of data it expects to generate through its sequencing of plant, microbe, fungal, and metagenomes.

The peach genome holds promise for developers of its Rosaceae cousins.

DOE's Biology programs in 2011 would land $322 million for a range of energy-related 'omics and other studies.

Researchers from the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the University of Heidelberg, the University of California, and elsewhere have sequenced the genome of Hydra magnipapillata, a freshwater cnidarian capable of asexual reproduction and tissue regeneration.

In a paper appearing online today in Nature, a team led by Purdue University, USDA, and US DOE researchers reports on the sequencing and analysis of the soybean genome.

Researchers involved in the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project reported on the first 56 microbial genomes to be sequenced and analyzed through that effort in Nature online today.

Using a combination of low-coverage Sanger paired-end and high-throughput 454 single and paired-end sequencing, a team of researchers led by the University of Arizona, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, and 454 Life Sciences has completed a draft of the cassava genome.

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.

JGI is in the process of hiring 20 new employees as the institute grapples with the growing amount of data it is generating through its sequencing activities.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.