$9.4M NIH grant funds chronic fatigue syndrome center

This story was originally written by Krishna Ramanujan and published by the Cornell Chronicle on September 27, 2017. The National Institutes of Health announced Sept. 27 that Cornell is one of three institutions nationwide to receive funding to establish a collaborative research center for the study of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Each center will serve as a hub that partners with other institutions to study the disease. More than one million people in the U.S. suffer from ME/CFS, yet causes and effective treatments for the debilitating disease remain a mystery. ME/CFS leads to debilitating fatigue that is not helped by rest. Symptoms may include body pain, headaches, trouble thinking clearly, difficulty...

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Hot tomatoes! MPMI Cover features BTI research

This month, the cover of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions features a publication by Simon Schwizer from the Martin Lab at BTI that furthers our understanding of how tomatoes are able to resist infection by Pseudomonas syringae, the causal agent of bacterial speck, a common disease in upstate NY.

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GOBII initiative bridges plant breeding digital divide

Crop breeders in developing countries are facing challenges in their efforts to improve yields to feed growing populations, battle crop diseases, and counter the effects of drought, salinity and poor soils. Modern genomic tools that make breeding new varieties cheaper, faster and more efficient would help meet those challenges, but developing such tools requires expertise, money, computing capabilities and training. In resource-strapped African and Asian countries, that can be a challenge, too. The Genomic Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII), a global project funded by an $18.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is helping bridge the gap. The project – a partnership between an Ithaca-based hub of...

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