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Chicago Area Bioinformatics Training Program Gets $100K State Boost

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Chicago Technology Park has gained a $100,000 grant from the State of Illinois to continue to develop its Bioinformatics Training Certificate Program (BiTmaP), a bioinformatics training curriculum, BiTmaP said this week. 
 
The program is supported by a $6 million a grant from the US Department of Labor, the Illinois Medical District, the University of Illinois at Chicago and “other local partners.”
 
BiTmaP, which is part of a larger state effort called the Biotech Training Investment Program, so far has enrolled 160 students and has 47 graduates.
 
“By targeting these workforce training grants within this critical sector, we are helping bioscience companies become more competitive and creating more high-paying, high-tech Illinois jobs,” Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said in a statement.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.