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NSF to Spend $7M Per Year on New Approaches to Handling Biological Data

NEW YORK, March 28 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation plans to award $7 million annually under its Biological Databases and Informatics program, which "seeks to encourage new approaches to the management, analysis, and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public."

 

NSF said it expects to award 20 to 25 grants annually for up to five years under the program, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 per year.

 

Eligible institutions are US colleges and universities, and non-profit research organizations including independent museums, field stations, research laboratories, and professional societies. The deadline for applications this year is July 11.

 

For further information about the program, click here.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.