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OpenHelix Receives $100K NIH SBIR Grant to Evaluate Bioinformatics Training Methods

NEW YORK, June 1 (GenomeWeb News) - OpenHelix has received a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Seattle-based bioinformatics training company said today.

 

The grant will fund a study on delivering training on three of the major genome browsers currently used in genomic research -- Ensembl, NCBI Map Viewer, and UCSC Genome Browser. It will compare the effectiveness of on-site training, web seminars, and online self-run tutorials. The latter two will be available to users for free for an undisclosed limited time.

The Scan

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Loci, Candidate Genes Identified in GWAS Meta-Analysis

A GWAS in Nature Genetics of nearly 1.4 million coronary artery disease cases and controls focused in on more than 200 candidate causal genes, including the cell motility-related myosin gene MYO9B.

Multiple Sclerosis Contributors Found in Proteome-Wide Association Study

With a combination of genome-wide association and brain proteome data, researchers in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology tracked down dozens of potential multiple sclerosis risk proteins.

Quality Improvement Study Compares Molecular Tumor Boards, Central Consensus Recommendations

With 50 simulated cancer cases, researchers in JAMA Network Open compared molecular tumor board recommendations with central consensus plans at a dozen centers in Japan.