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Binding Data For Everyone

The NIH will invest $5 million over five years to fund a new open-access database for molecular binding data, called the Community Structure-Activity Resource, says a post at Open Access News. Led by the University of Michigan, the Web-based resource will gather data from existing sources, like Binding MOAD and PDBbind, and work with pharma companies to create new data for enhanced computational modeling of predicted drug targets. In a similar project based on the wiki format, WikiProteins hopes to lure researchers to start annotating proteins for binding properties and function.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.