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VC Spending in 'Omics Field Swelled Five-Fold in Q4 '06; Bionformatics Investment Declined

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Venture capital investment in the genomics, bioinformatics, and proteomics segments increased five-fold during the fourth quarter of 2006 over the same period in 2005, according to a GenomeWeb Daily News roundup of companies that disclosed receiving investments.
Venture capitalists invested around $140 million in genome tool and technology companies in the final quarter of 2006, nearly 5 times the $31.6 million they invested in the same period of 2005.
Private-equity investors flocked to genomics businesses, while venture funding among bioinformatics companies dipped slightly.
Investors spent $70 million on companies with core businesses in genomics during the fourth quarter of 2006, almost 5 times more than the $15.2 million they spent year over year. 
Venture funding for businesses focused on bioinformatics over the period declined 4.4 percent to $13 million from $13.6 million in the same quarter in 2005.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.