The American Academy of Microbiology has released a report (PDF and archived on fungalgenomes.org) on the Fungal Kingdom outlining importance of research in the kingdom and recommending several areas of priority for future areas of research.
One recommendation that makes the top of the list is an integrated database for fungal genomes, something we’re keenly interested in seeing happen. This sort of centralized repository of functional annotation, literature links, and genome sequences and annotation is critical given the 150+ genomes that are available or on their way. Systematic re-annotation with consistent tools, comparative analyses and gene predictions, and linking gene sequences by homology and ortholog predictions are a critical component to fully utilizing the genomic data that has been produced for the fungi and other organisms.
This was sent along from the GSA. It is important to contact your represenative about the Vote in the Senate on NIH Funding.
The Senate is expected to vote on the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (L-HHS) appropriations bill the week of October 15.
For the NIH, the Senate bill provides $29.9 billion, $250 million more than the House-passed L-HHS bill and $1.2 billion more than the President’s FY08 request. President Bush has threatened to veto the L-HHS bill because the House and Senate bills are $12 billion and $10 billion, respectively, more than the President proposed in his FY08 budget.
Strong, bipartisan support of the Senate bill is our best hope in the Congress to achieve a meaningful increase for the NIH. Otherwise the NIH will be forced to make further cuts in research as it has for the past few years.