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Lucigen Wins $750,000 Phase II SBIR Grant for Gene Mining Technology

NEW YORK, July 11 - Lucigen of Middleton, Wis.announced today that it had been awarded a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Energy to commercialize its Single Cell Genomics gene mining technology. The grant is funded through the DOE's Genomes to Life Program.


Single Cell Genomics technology allows for the isolation and cloning of genes from a single cell or virus. The technology can be used to find new product sources by mining cells and viruses that can't be cultured in a laboratory, the company said in a statement.

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.