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News Release 17-057

NSF issues $14 million in awards for improved genomic tools

New EDGE program awards will help researchers determine relationship between gene function and organisms' physical and functional characteristics

EDGE awardee Leonid Moroz aboard the laboratory oceanic research vessel Baseline Explorer

EDGE awardee Leonid Moroz aboard the laboratory oceanic research vessel Baseline Explorer. Moroz's project focuses on real-time, single-cell genomics.

Credit: Leonid Moroz


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James Westwood, of Virginia Tech, studies Cuscuta, a plant that has no need for photosynthesis.

Awardee James Westwood, of Virginia Tech, studies Cuscuta, a parasitic plant that obtains its food from other plants, so it has no need for roots, leaves or photosynthesis, and appears as a network of yellow vining stems that wind around host plants.

Credit: Virginia Tech


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Jason Gallant, of Michigan State University, in his lab.

Zoologist Jason Gallant, of Michigan State University, will develop a CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing model for electric fish. Gallant's lab previously sequenced the genome of the electric eel.

Credit: G.L. Kohuth


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Researcher Amy Hastings collects data on milkweed.

Researcher Amy Hastings collects data on milkweed.

Credit: Anurag Agrawal, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University


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Researcher Michael White collecting threespine stickleback fish for research.

Michael White, of the University of Georgia, collecting threespine stickleback fish for research. White is a co-principal investigator with Daniel Bolnick, of the University of Texas at Austin.

Credit: Michael White, University of Georgia


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On-deck incubation experiments conducted by Sallie Chisholm's laboratory.

On-deck incubation experiments conducted by Sallie Chisholm's laboratory. Chisholm was funded to develop genetic tools for the dominant phototroph of the sea.

Credit: Chisholm Lab


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