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Japanese Beverage Maker Sequences Lactobacillus helveticus Genome

NEW YORK, April 4 (GenomeWeb News) - Calpis, a Japanese maker of fermented milk beverages, has sequenced the genome of Lactobacillus helveticus CM4, Japan Corporate News Network reported last week.


According to JCNN, the work, performed in conjunction with KitasatoUniversity, revealed that the genome is 2,028,493 bases long and has 2,174 genes.


Details of the findings were presented at the Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry 2005 on March 29, JCNN said. They will also be announced at the 8th Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria to be held in the Netherlands on Aug. 28-Sept. 1, JCNN said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.