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Genomics Will Benefit From $80M Expansion at University of Maryland

NEW YORK, May 8 - The National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland, Baltimore today will open a $78 million facility designed to give researchers more room to study infectious diseases and proteomics, according to a Baltimore newspaper.

Some 250 scientists from the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy will share the facility, which spans six floors and 101,000 square feet and is attached to the university's Health Sciences Facility I. Most of the space will be used by the medical school, said the Baltimore Sun.


Howard Dickler, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the medical school, said the new facility, called Health Sciences Facility II, will also help the university recruit faculty members, "particularly in expanding disciplines such as genomics and bioinformatics," the paper reported.

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.