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Ciphergen and the University of Texas Share Funding for Biodefense Proteomics Tool

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (GenomeWeb News) -- Ciphergen Biosystems of Fremont, Calif., and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston today announced funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop new strategies for the early diagnosis of viral infections caused by exposure to bioterrorism agents.


The amount of the funding was not disclosed.


The funding was based on data submitted from a prototype thioaptamer array, which combines UTMB's proprietary technology with Ciphergen's SELDI protein chip technology. The collaborators will atempt to identify and characterize novel protein interactions associated with viral infection in response to pathogens.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.