NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota announced today that they have received a two-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture worth $908,280.

The researchers, members of the Turkey Genome Sequencing Consortium, plan to use the funding to complete the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) genome — an effort that will rely on next-generation sequencing platforms combined with an annotation pipeline for assembling the genome, finding genes, and determining gene functions.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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