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Genome Canada Earmarks $48M for Applied Genomics and Proteomics

NEW YORK June 23 - Genome Canada said today that it would make up to Can$65 million (US$48 million) available for a competitive grant program focused on applied genomics and proteomics research.

 

The Applied Genomics and Proteomics Research in Human Health Competition will support the development of genomics and proteomics tools to improve the prediction, prevention, and treatment of human disease. According to Genome Canada, the initiative is seeking research projects "that will lead to practical applications in hospitals, community clinics, and the population at large" within five years.

 

Guidelines, application forms, and evaluation criteria for the program are available here.

 

Researchers have until July 3 to submit their intention to participate, and final proposals will be made in the fall. Genome Canada said a decision on which projects will be funded should be made by April 2004.

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.