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Schizosaccharomyces genomes

S.octosporusThe Broad Institute has made available the Schizosaccharomyces octosporus genome sequence producing another model system (S.pombe) with several related species for comparative genomics.  I believe S. octosporus genome was entirely sequenced with 454 technology.   The other genome sequences in the Taphrina clade include the S. japonicus genome. S. octosporus is pretty interesting as it grows filamentously and is 8-spored unlike S. pombe. The origin of this filamentous growth would be quite important to understand how reversions to simpler fission yeast forms form and whether this is loss of whole gene families or remodeling of gene networks.

There is also some preliminary (old) sequence from Pneumocystis (although it is hard to track down that sequence, a paper from 2006 says there is draft sequence but none shows up in GenBank).  

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Contact your represenative: Vote in the Senate on NIH Funding

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.