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UI Receives $3.7M in State Funding to Build Molecular Biology Projects

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Iowa will use $3.7 million in recently approved funding to build or prepare space for new companies or for further research in the areas of bioscience and information technology, among other disciplines.
The funding came from $8.2 million that the Iowa legislature had approved for the 2006 Battelle platform projects. The Battelle platform promotes seven areas of research, including integrated genomic medicine and biomedical imaging.
Nine projects will be funded, including $400,000 for space to design transgenic cells for biomedical applications and $400,000 for production costs in clinical trials of a new prostate cancer drug.
UI is also planning to build a $1 million facility in Oakdale Research Park, according to the Iowa Press Citizen's Web site.
According to the Press Citizen, in addition to the $3.7 million for the Battelle platform, UI also received $2 million for entrepreneurial endowments and $2.7 million to develop incubation space on the Oakdale campus.

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.