University of Maryland Novel CRISPR-Cas12a Orthologs Expand Gene Editing Toolkit for Plants Premium Researchers screened nine orthologs that had not been tried in plants before and identified six that possessed high editing activity in rice. RNA Disease Diagnostics to Develop Point-of-Care Coronavirus Test With Newly Licensed Tech The company said it intends to use the technology to develop infectious disease diagnostics, with an initial focus on SARS-CoV-2. Researchers Assemble Comprehensive Vaginal Microbiome Gene Catalog The comprehensive human vaginal gene catalog includes 950,000 non-redundant genes, and is functionally and taxonomically annotated. NHGRI Awards $3M Under Genomic Innovator Program The program, launched last year, is designed to help early-career investigators who have primarily worked within groups pursuing independent research. Cancer Survival, Drug Response Influenced by Coexpression of Gene Pairs A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland uncovered thousands of gene pairs whose expression levels affect cancer survival and drug response. Apr 5, 2019 U of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences Wins $17.5M NIH Grant Mar 22, 2019 Spontaneous Preterm Birth Clues Identified in Cervicovaginal Microbiome Nov 8, 2018 Bacterial Classification Could Be Compromised as RefSeq Database Grows Premium Oct 26, 2018 New Zika Genomes From African, Asian Lineages Document Virus' Population Diversity Aug 31, 2018 NSF Awards $10M in EDGE Program Grants Jun 27, 2018 Peruvian Genome Project Sheds Light on Native American Population History Nov 6, 2017 NIH Awards $9M in Funding to Support Data Commons Pilot Phase Oct 24, 2017 NIH Announces BRAIN Initiative Grants for 2017 Jun 13, 2017 Cellth Systems Licenses CTC Technology From University of Maryland Apr 20, 2017 Rare Variants Linked to Cancer Using New Statistical Approach Oct 12, 2016 African-Ancestry Populations Harbor Genetic Variation, Differences Not Seen in Genomic Databases Oct 5, 2016 Quantitative PCR Gives New Insights on Large Study of Childhood Diarrhea in Africa, Asia Premium Apr 26, 2016 Fecal Transplant Stool Banks Face Potential Regulatory Changes; May Affect Physicians, Patients Premium Apr 6, 2016 UMD School of Public Health to Use CosmosID Tech in Food Crop Irrigation Project Sep 10, 2015 NIH Awards $1.8M Grant to Develop Genomic Data Visualization Tools May 6, 2015 Biomecite Diagnostics Options Molecular IBD Test Tech from UM Baltimore Jan 26, 2015 U of Maryland-led Statistical Study Points to Co-evolution of Plasmodium Parasite, Mammalian Hosts Premium Dec 19, 2014 U of Maryland Scientist Wins NIH Grant to Detect HIV Using RT-binding Aptamers Premium Sep 4, 2014 Genomics in the Journals Sep 4, 2014 Jul 29, 2014 U of Maryland Wins $10.7M for STI/STD Center, Omics Research Projects Load More Breaking News MicroGenDx Acquires Sequencing Lab RTL Genomics Pacific Biosciences, Rady Children's Collaborate on Study of WGS-Based Rare Disease Dx Codex DNA Closes $122.7M IPO Infinity BiologiX to Offer Cytox Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Risk Test in US Archaic Hominin History, Interactions Revealed With Denisova Cave Sediment Sequences Liquid Biopsy Startup Adela Launches With $60M Series A Financing Round The Scan NFTs for Genome Sharing Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data. Wastewater Warning System Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19. Networks to Boost Surveillance Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance. Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.