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Leidos Wins CDC Bioinformatics Contract Worth up to $13M

NEW YORK – Consulting firm Leidos said Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide bioinformatics and high-performance computing support services. The deal has a maximum value of more than $13 million and could run for about five years if both parties exercise all options.

Under the contract, Reston, Virginia-based Leidos will work with the CDC's Office of Advanced Molecular Detection to support the federal agency with IT and analytics in areas including genomics, proteomics, HPC, and management of very large datasets. Most of the work will be performed at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, according to Leidos.

"Our world-class scientific and technical team will help CDC investigate infectious pathogens and generate new discoveries to help prevent future pandemics," Liz Porter, president of the Leidos Health Group, said in a statement. "These discoveries could lead to transformative advances in public health."

The Scan

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The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

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Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.