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$15.6M Tasmanian Informatics Center Falls Through

NEW YORK, April 25 (GenomeWeb News) - The federal government of Australia has canceled a AU$20 million ($15.6 million) informatics center called "Tasinformatics center of excellence," according to a newspaper report.

 

The center was part of a AU$40 million IntelligentIslandprogram, funded by Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine from the sale of telecommunications company Telstra. Originally, the center was meant to be a bioinformatics center, which was cancelled in 2003 and replaced by the Tasinformatics center, according to the Sunday Tasmanian. A year ago, the planned center was found to have problems with intellectual property arrangements.

 

The federal government is now looking for alternative projects, according to the newspaper.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.