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NSF, USDA Awards Nearly $18M for Microbial Genome Sequencing in 2006


In December, the National Science Foundation issued a program solicitation for its Microbial Genome Sequencing program for 2007. 
The program, jointly run by the NSF and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture, began awarding three-year grants in 2004. Proposals are sought for projects that will “support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms,” and “develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community.”
According to the program solicitation, available here, NSF and USDA will award approximately $15 million to between 20 and 30 projects in 2007
In 2006, the agencies awarded $17.9 million under the program. A list of projects that received funding in 2006, in chronological order, is available here.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.