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HTS Biosystems, Ciencia Share $600K NASA Grant for Zero-Gravity Proteomics Technology

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 - NASA has awarded HTS Biosystems and Ciencia $600,000 to develop space-bound protein-analysis technology, the companies said today.


The Phase II grant, which is part of NASA's Cellular Biotechnology Program, will help HTS Biosystems and Ciencia develop a proteomics biosensor-chip array integrated into a microfluidics cartridge.


NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Station oversees the Cellular Biotechnology Program, which aims at conducting cell-biology research in a microgravity environment.

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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.