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NSF to Spend $7M Per Year on New Approaches to Handling Biological Data

The National Science Foundation plans to award $7 million annually under its Biological Databases and Informatics program, which “seeks to encourage new approaches to the management, analysis, and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public.”

NSF said it expects to award 20 to 25 grants annually for up to five years under the program, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 per year.

Eligible institutions are US colleges and universities, and non-profit research organizations including independent museums, field stations, research laboratories, and professional societies. The deadline for applications this year is July 11.


Roper Division Photometrics Acquires Optical Insights

Photometrics, a division of Roper Scientific, said last week that it has acquired the assets of Optical Insights for an undisclosed sum.

Photometrics, based in Tucson, Ariz., manufactures high-performance CCD cameras and electron-multiplying CCD cameras for life sciences applications. Optical Insights, also based in Tucson, manufactures optical systems for a variety of spectral and polarization imaging applications, Photometrics said.

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Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.