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Max Planck Society, Chinese Academy Pool $10M to Found Computational Biology Institute in Shanghai

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (GenomeWeb News) - Germany's Max Planck Society and the ChineseAcademyof Sciences signed an agreement on Monday to build a joint research institute for computational biology.


The MPG/CAS Partner Institute for Computational Biology will be housed on the campus of the Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences of the ChineseAcademyof Sciences. Over a 5-year start-up period, CAS will provide €5 million ($6.5 million) in funding, and Max Planck €2.5 million ($3.2 million).


The institute will complement research activities at both CAS and Max Planck Institutes. It will most likely consist of three departments and several junior research groups and will be using administrative resources of the Shanghai Institutes. This is the first time either organization has founded a joint research institute.

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.