NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have jointly awarded $8 million in new grants to fund seven genomics-based projects aiming to develop domestic renewable energy sources and biofuels, USDA and DOE said yesterday.

The funding through the DOE-USDA Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy program primarily supports studies focused on using genomics to increase the yield, quality, and adaptability of varieties of trees and grasses.

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A European team has launched a four-year study to develop a test to gauge cervical, ovarian, uterine, or aggressive breast cancer risk in women.

As interest in personalized medicine grows, government contractors are entering the field, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: spatiotemporal study of lncRNA expression, role of extrachromosomal, circular DNAs in yeast, and more.

In PLOS this week: Plasmodium knowlesi population genetics, oral microbiome of infants and children, and more.