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The Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities’ membership committee is looking for a motto and is holding a contest. Send them an email at [email protected] with your idea by February 10th and you may find your name and motto being announced at their annual meeting in Sacramento.

Also, if you’ve been dying to attend that meeting's satellite workshops, but don’t quite have the funds to get there, the ABRF Education Committee is sponsoring Satellite Workshop Education Awards that will get you into one of the satellite workshops and cover up to $550 of travel and hotel costs. Technical scientists, students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply.

Midwesterners are putting together a regional core lab directors’ meeting based on the successful Northeast Regional Life Science Core Directors. The founders of this new Midwestern Association of Core Directors will be having a discussion at the ABRF meeting to confirm the need for the group and to plan a place and time for such a meeting. Interim Secretary Seth Crosby says to let him know if you are interested in the idea and/or if you would like to attend the discussion.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.