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The University of Florida, Gainesville has won a $5.4 million USDA/DOE grant to develop sweet sorghum varieties as a biofuel crop and a source for new bioplastics.

The Community Sequencing Program is receiving letters of intent for large-scale sequencing projects studying alternative fuels, carbon cycling, and other areas of interest to DOE.

The firms plan to identify genes in algae that may have use for agricultural applications, in particular in the field of yield and stress.

The school has won a $1 million grant from the USDA to study a certain gene system to find out if it can manipulate sorghum to enhance its viability as a biofuel crop.

The $9 million Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy program funded research into genomics and systems biology at eight universities and institutes studying biofuel plants.

According to Rudy Maor, head of research and development at Rosetta Green, the arrangement will initially focus on boosting the oil content of saltwater algae.

A UCSD-led consortium will use $12 million from DOE and industry, including Life Technologies, for systems biology-based algae research.

The sequencing and partnership on the Jatropha genome is aimed at making new bioenergy advances.

Two recent online papers in Genome Research delve into the genetic and genomic features of sugar cane-fermenting Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.