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A new NINDS and NIMH grant program will provide up to $5 million in grants to develop scalable assays for analysis of molecular and cellular events in neurons related to brain functioning.

The six-center Consortium on the Genetics of Schizophrenia is seeking genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia families.

The institute will give $5 million in 2011 for research into how epigenetics affects development of mental disorders.

The grants will start two new centers at UNC and MCW, and extend those at Johns Hopkins and USC.

The funding will support depression treatment biomarker studies and a bio-sample resource.

The Recovery Act funds will fund genomics and biomarker studies for Autism disorders.

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A University of California, Los Angeles-led team has found turning off the CCR5 gene could improve recovery after a stroke, according to Scientific American.

South Dakota lawmakers are to weigh a bill aimed at teaching the strengths and weaknesses of scientific concepts, the Associated Press and KEVN-Black Hills Fox report.

In Science this week: the synthetic genetic system hachimoji, and more.

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell machines in China's Xinjiang region, according to the Wall Street Journal.