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Gene Network Sciences Wins $2.5M DOE Grant for Simulating Cell Networks

NEW YORK, May 11 (GenomeWeb News) - Gene Network Sciences has won a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy for simulating cell networks, the company said today.


The Ithaca, NY-based company plans to use the three-year grant, awarded under the Genomics: GTL program, to create a hypothesis testing framework to run computer simulations of probable networks in cells using massively parallel computing.


GNS wants to create simulations of E. coli and Shewanella oneidensis, a bacterium that is able to metabolize and immobilize metals.


The company's research team includes Michael Shuler, director of CornellUniversity's bioengineering program. In addition, the Wadsworth Center, Washington University, the Cybercell consortium, and the Shewanella Federation participate in the project.

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.