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The $720,000 grant will fund research aimed at analyzing tyrosine kinases that could be useful in cancer drug efforts.

The schools will use the NIAID grant to expand the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource for five years.

Using a yeast assay, a team of American and Canadian researchers has uncovered new details about the movement of a group of transposable elements in the rice genome.

Under the Phenotypic Drug Discovery program, researchers from academia or biotech submit candidate compounds in specific therapeutic areas for Lilly to evaluate and profile. Participating organizations retain full IP rights to the compounds, but Lilly receives first rights to negotiate a broader collaboration or licensing agreement.

The first closing comprises a $7.5 million investment from the state — about $2.5 million less than originally planned — and $11.25 million from private investors. The fund will invest in companies with technologies developed at the six GRA member academic institutions.

The university will lead a multi-center study of large flowering plants seeking genetics behind certain traits.

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The Animal Genome Program will support studies in 15 states for disease and genetics studies.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.