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Keck Awarded $4.88M Grant to Rewire Yeast

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences has been awarded a 5-year, $4.88 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate cellular function and determine whether or not cells can be reengineered, KGI said today.

KGI researchers will be using the funding -- made available through the NSF's Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research program -- to "rewire" the molecular machinery of S. cerevisiae yeast, predict the reaction of the cellular machinery to the rewiring, and compare it with direct experiments.

KGI said it believes that if functional modules in the cell can be rewired, it may be possible to "reengineer" cells for complex functions.

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.