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Brown Pledges $20M for Genomic Research

NEW YORK, March 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Brown Universityhas pledged $20 million to establish a Center for Computational and Molecular Biology at or near its Providence, RI, campus, the Brown Daily Herald reported this week.

The new center will support five of the school's departments including its molecular pharmacology, computer science, and molecular biology departments.

The funding is being made available through a private $16 million donation from an anonymous Brown trustee with an additional $4 million being pledged by the university.

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.