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NHLBI Plans to Fund Interdisciplinary Systems Biology Research

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute intends to issue a Request for Applications for an exploratory program in systems biology this fall, NHLBI said last week.


The new program would support innovative, high-risk, high-impact research. NHLBI envisions teams of experimental and computational or modeling researchers getting together to further the understanding of biological networks and pathways critical for the function of the heart, lungs, blood, and sleep.


The institute encourages researchers with a range of expertise, including biomedical, physical, informatic, and mathematical, to form collaborative teams and consider applying for the initiative.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.