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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bayer today said that its Bayer HealthCare business has joined the non-profit Structural Genomics Consortium.

A study by researchers from the University of Oxford, has used whole genome sequencing to show that fidaxomicin is superior to vancomycin in preventing both relapse of a single strain of Clostridium difficile and reinfection with a new strain.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery said today it has received a share of a European Union Seventh Framework Programme grant totaling €5.75 million ($7.8 million) for work it will do on a project called "CV genes-at-target."

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exposure to symptomatic individuals within healthcare settings may account for just a fraction of Clostridium difficile infections, according to a study from the UK appearing online last night in the New England Journal of Medicine.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A team from the UK and the Netherlands has garnered evidence suggesting left- and right-handedness may involve genes from some of the same pathways that produce other features differing on right and left sides of the body.

A team from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics has adapted RNA shotgun sequencing to the task of recovering and assembling the whole genomes of viruses in biological samples.

Researchers at the University of Oxford working with an alpha-hemolysin protein-based nanopore sequencing strategy have shown that it is possible to pass long RNA heteropolymers through alpha-hemolysin pores using an electric current.

Name: Mark McCarthy
Title: Robert Turner Professor of Diabetes, University of Oxford

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new £90 million ($140.1 million) center for big data analysis and drug discovery at Oxford University was launched today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from the UK and several other countries used sequencing and SNP analyses to characterize African and Asian populations of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falci

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The Los Angeles Times reports that a case of the novel coronavirus making people ill in China has been reported in the US. 

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill seeking increased funding for certain fields, including synthetic biology, ScienceInsider reports. 

Discover magazine writes that paleoproteomics is increasing being used in archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology, including a recent study of a 6,000-year-old ring. 

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: mutagenic effects of ultraviolet "A" light, post-transcription effects of synonymous mutations, and more.