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Genome Explorations Wins $830K SBIR Award for Biomarker Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Genome Explorations has received an $830,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction for alcohol-related biomarker research.
 
The company said it will use the Affymetrix microarray platform to develop “more sensitive and informative” biomarkers for chronic alcohol use and alcohol-induced organ damage to enable early detection of pathologies related to alcoholism.
 
Some of the research will be conducted at the company’s lab in Memphis, Tenn., and some will be conducted at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.