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Landenberger Foundation Gives Scripps Florida $150K for Oncogene Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation has given a researcher at Scripps Research Institute in Florida $150,000 to fund studies of the molecular and genetic networks that can lead to cancer, Scripps said today.
The foundation has granted the money to Michael Conkright, assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at Scripps, to fund research into oncogenes that are caused by chromosome translocation.
"We've discovered an entirely new complement of transcription factors that interacts with one of these oncogenes that is not present prior to the chromosomal translocation," Conkright said in a statement. “By studying the complement of gene regulators together with data on protein expression, we may be able to finally understand mechanistically how oncogenes aberrantly activate genes.”

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

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For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.