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Clemson Approved to Create Nutrigenomics Chair, but Requires $2M in Matching Funds

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – South Carolina's academic review board approved Clemson University's request to create an Endowed Chair in nutrigenomics, the university said today.
 
The South Carolina Research Centers of Economic Excellence Review Board allocated $2 million for the endowment. The university has to raise the same amount from the private sector before it can claim the funds.
 
The chair will focus on the effects of plant foods on gene expression in obesity and investigate how nutrients interact with the human genome on the molecular level.

The Endowed Chairs program was created by the South Carolina legislature to attract top academic researchers to the state's three major research universities -- Clemson, the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

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For Flu and More

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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.