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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics are moving forward with their exploration of algae-based biofuels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The firms will continue to develop strains of algae that demonstrate improved photosynthetic efficiency and oil production.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team of researchers led by Claire Halpin at the University of Dundee in the UK and Wout Boerjan from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Belgium reported in Science today that they have uncovered a previously

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The J. Craig Venter Institute announced today that one of its researchers has received a $5 million grant from the Roddenberry Foundation to fund development of new wastewater treatment approaches based on microbial fuel cell, or MFC, technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Synthetic Genomics today announced a new agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy plans to fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers, which pursue a range of genomic and systems biology research projects for biofuel development, with $375 million over the next five years, DOE said on Thursday.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of California, Berkeley has completed construction of and opened a new $133 million research building to house its energy and biofuel program and some of its bioengineering department, the university said yesterday.

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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture have jointly issued a funding opportunity announcement aimed at researchers working on biomass genomics projects.

Synthetic Genomics and Plenus today announced the formation of a new firm, Agradis, to develop and commercialize products that leverage new technologies in genomics and plant breeding.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.