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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: transcriptomic and developmental patterns of filamentous fungi development, cutaneous leishmaniasis diagnosis method, and more.

The grants were made as part of the NSF's Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools — or EDGE — program.

The study found that combining whole-genome expression or genome-wide methylation data with clinical data improves survival predictions in breast cancer cases.

The money will be used to develop genomic tools and technologies for creating disease-resistant plants of the Cucurbitaceae family such as watermelons and pumpkins.

This article was originally published Oct. 10.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team from Michigan State University and the Argonne National Laboratory has developed parallel metagenomic sequencing strategies designed to characterize wastewater-borne viruses.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – By combining two pre-assembly filtering approaches, researchers led by Michigan State University's Titus Brown were able to turn complex metagenomic datasets, including data from two soil samples, into ones that are comparably friendlier to assemble and use.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Whether a gene mutation leads to a certain phenotype depends in part on how it interacts with other mutations and the genetic background in which those mutations are being expressed, researchers reported yesterday in PLOS Genetics.

Portland State University of Portland, Ore., has received US Patent No. 8,409,411, "Nano-porous membrane based sensors." The patent describes nanoporous alumina membranes that host immobilized antibodies in the pores.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – American and Chinese researchers have used quantitative PCR arrays to begin documenting the presence of diverse antibiotic resistance genes in manure and soil samples from commercial swine farms in China.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Michigan State University scientist has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to examine how gene expression in breast cancer may be involved in the spread of the disease, with the aim of developing personalized treatment models, MSU sa

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.