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The US Department of Agriculture today announced the awarding of 29 grants totaling $46 million for the development of science-based tools to address the needs of America's specialty crops.

The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium has sequenced and analyzed the genome of a doubled monoploid potato, using this genome to help map sequence reads for a heterozygous diploid potato line.

Virginia Tech's bioinformatics institute wins $1 million grant from the NSF to develop a systems bio database for studying plant adaptability.

Biotique will provide its expertise and its Titan solution for next-generation sequencing management, biomarker analysis, and genotype to phenotype association, while DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred business will apply the platform to agricultural research.

The E. grandis genome sequencing has been completed and it will be published next year.

The Early Career grant to a Joint Genome Institute researcher will fund a study of how wetland microbial communities may affect carbon sequestration.

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.

By sequencing the genome of the spikemoss Selaginella moellendorffii and comparing it to several other sequenced plant genomes, researchers have identified genetic patterns that correspond to different stages of plant evolution.

By sequencing and comparing the genomes of the fungal species behind poplar leaf rust and wheat and barley stem rust, researchers are learning more about the genetic strategies that the fungi use to invade and exploit their plant hosts.

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23andMe is offering early customers re-testing on newer chips for a fee, Wired reports.

He Jiankui is no longer affiliated with Direct Genomics Biotechnology, the single molecule sequencing company he founded, Nikkei Asian Review reports.

Newsweek writes about the hopes for precision medicine in cancer, but also challenges getting it to patients.

In Genome Research this week: genomic architecture of glioblastoma, predictive computational approach to estimate SNP fitness, and more.