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DoD Awards $4.9M to Virginia Bioinformatics Institute for PathPort Project

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (GenomeWeb News) - The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University said today that it has received an additional $4.9 million from the US Department of Defense towards further development of PathPort, an informatics tool for gathering and analyzing information about pathogenic organisms.


PathPort is an interoperability framework that provides access to biological characterizations of known pathogens and their near relatives, as well as tools to analyze and interpret the data, VBI said.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.