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SFAz Awards Biodesign Institute $376K for Informatics, Genetic Imaging Technology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University said Friday it has received two research awards totaling $376,000 from the Science Foundation of Arizona to expand a bioinformatics database and to develop its genetic imaging technology.
Sudhir Kumar of the Biodesign Center for Evolutionary Functional Genomics received $142,000 to develop a database called the TimeTree, which is “a relational database of life on Earth that is easy to use for researchers, the public and K-12 students,” the institute said.
The institute said Neal Woodbury, director of the Biodesign Center for BioOptical Nanotechnology, received $234,000 to develop nanoscale techniques and imaging technologies to study gene regulatory networks of interest to biomedical research.
Biodesign Institute spokesman Joe Caspermeyer said in an e-mail that the institute is currently “ramping up our capabilities” in personalized medicine and bioinformatics, as well as other areas including convergence biology, public health and the environment.

The Scan

And Back

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Lacks Family Hires Attorney

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For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.