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NHGRI Awards OpenHelix $1M To Develop Genomics Training Portal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OpenHelix said today that the National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded it a Small Business Innovation Research grant worth $1 million to develop an online training portal for genomics resources.
 
The company said that it expects the tools will “greatly reduce the amount of time necessary to locate and use the vast genomics and bioinformatics resources available to scholars and scientists.”
 
OpenHelix said that many genomics and bioinformatics resources are currently “underutilized” because researchers are not aware of their existence. In addition, the company said, these tools all use different navigation methods and documentation, which can make it difficult for researchers to use them.
 
Warren Lathe, chief scientific officer at OpenHelix and the principal investigator on the grant, said in a statement that the company is exploring “some very innovative ways to search a large number of resources, including semantic search using widely used and accepted ontologies.”

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.