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Two research teams uncover genetic variants that influence sleep, the Guardian reports.

A study of Tasmanian devil genomes suggests they are evolving resistance to devil facial tumor disease.

The partners aim to establish and conduct programs and activities in agricultural research, technology, information transfer, and economic development.  

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Antarctic midge genome appears to have jettisoned a slew of sequences from its genome during adaptation to its extreme environment, but has managed to avoid dramatic reductions in its protein-coding gene set, according to a new Nature Communications

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By sequencing the rainbow trout genome, an international team of researchers led by Yann Guiguen at the French National Institutes for Agricultural Research has been able to peek into the changes that occur after a whole-genome duplication event.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Washington State University today will officially open a new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building, a $78.6 million facility that will house integrated drug, pharmacogenomics, genomics, imaging, and proteomics research programs and core labs.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A research group led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis will use a $12.1 million grant from the US Department of Energy to conduct genomics-driven research to develop and improve a grass that could be an important bioenergy crop.

As part of a five-year, $40 million project to develop petroleum alternatives, the National Center for Genome Resources will sequence plants and trees being considered for use as biomass-based fuel for the aviation industry.

The peach genome holds promise for developers of its Rosaceae cousins.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.