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Biolog Expands E. Coli Research With Axiohelix, NARA Institute

NEW YORK, July 26 (GenomeWeb News) - Biolog, Axiohelix, and the NARA Institute have extended their collaboration to phenotype the E. coli genome, the partners said today.

 

The project, begun in November 2004, aims at developing complete profiles of cellular expression for every gene in organism's the genome. The process involves Biolog using its Phenotype Microarray technology to study the E. coli K-12 strain library developed by researchers at Keio and the Nara Institute, both based in Japan.

 

This collection contains strains for which each gene in the genome has been knocked-out. Last year, Biolog began generating 2,000 phenotypic responses for each gene knock-out in the genome. The company said it expects to expand this analysis in 2006 to include the entire E. coli genome.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.