Skip to main content

NHGRI Awards NimbleGen $2.5M for ENCODE Project

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - NimbleGen Systems has secured two National Human Genome Research Institute grants worth $2.5 million, the company said today. Both grants are part of NHGRI's Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements project, also called ENCODE.

 

The first grant, for $1.3 million, is called "Discovery of Binding Sites for Transcription Factors" and will have NimbleGen working with the laboratory of Peggy Farnham at the Universityof Wisconsinon this grant. The second grant, for $1.2 million, is called "DNA Array-based Exon Detection and Linkage Mapping" and will have the company working with Michael Pirrung at DukeUniversity.  Both grants are payable over a three year period.

 

"The NGS system is uniquely suited to accomplish the goals of the ENCODE project," Roland Green, CTO of NimbleGen, said in a statement. "The ability to create custom high-density arrays allows us to rapidly prototype and optimize array designs" in order to identify "all transcription factor binding sites in the human genome."

The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.