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A Short Guide to the Human Genome, by Stewart Scherer

In this handbook, Scherer provides short answers to commonly asked questions about the human genome. Each chapter covers one area related to genomics, including DNA, RNA, mobile elements, polymorphisms, and comparative genomics. He answers questions such as, which genes are most commonly associated with disease; how many mobile elements, sequence repeats, and protein kinases are encoded in the genome; and others.

Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date: May 30, 2008
ISBN: 978-087969791-4

Environmental Genomics, edited by C. Cristofre Martin

In this methods manual, Martin, from the University of Ottawa, presents a series of studies  as a guide to conducting research in environmental risk assessment and the impact on genomics. The book offers protocols and troubleshooting advice in three sections: gene expression profiling, whole genome and chromosome mutation detection, and determination of species diversity. Contributors include researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the University of Guelph in Ontario, and the University of Florida, among others.

Publisher: Humana Press
Publication date: Jan. 18, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-58829-777-8


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.