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From Ramen Noodles to Hi-C

Harvard University's Erez Lieberman Aiden's love of mathematics started early, writes Brandon Keim at Wired. Aiden tells Keim — using a pot full of ramen noodles as an analogy — chromosomes in cells are tangled, globular messes, and Aiden developed Hi-C, published in Nature in 2009, to study such chromosome structure. He now plans to study how structure relates to function. "There's been this humongous black box: What exactly is the role that structure plays in the genome?" Aiden tells Keim. "Now we can start looking at that."

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.