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October 6 — Full proposal target date for NSF’s Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP), program solicitation 06-581. PGRP includes genome-wide research questions in plant biology, the transfer of basic biological findings from model systems to plants of economic importance, and the development of novel technologies for plant genomics.
 

October 7 — Last day this year to submit unsolicited proposals for NSF 05-7564, Integrative, Hybrid, and Complex Systems program, which supports innovative research in areas that integrate device concepts and systems principles in the design, development, and implementation of new nano/micro/macro hybrid and complex systems with engineering solutions for domain-specific applications.

 

October 9 — Full proposal target date for NSF 05-600, Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes activities. These awards will support research to discover and characterize novel microorganisms, microbial consortia, communities, activities and other novel properties, and to study their roles in diverse environments.

 

October 12-13 — Philadelphia’s Doubletree Hotel hosts Statistical Learning and Data Mining II: Tools for Tall and Wide Data, a two-day course given by Trevor Hatie and Robert Tibshirani of Stanford University.

 

October 13 — First day to submit applications in response to NIH RFA for Biomarker Development for Diabetic Complications, DK-06-004. Investigators are invited to propose exploratory and developmental research on biomarkers for the micro- and macro-vascular complications of diabetes.

November 28 — Proposal deadline for NHGRI’s Technology Development for the Comprehensive Determination of Functional Elements in Eukaryotic Genomes. This is a reissuance of an RFA previously released in 2001, and is now being issued as two RFAs. For the R01 grant mechanism, see RFA-HG-07-029; R21 grant hopefuls should refer to RFA-HG-07-028.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.