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In Brief This Week: Genedata; Geneart; Sigma-Aldrich; DNAStar, Scarab Genomics; Knome; Dotmatics, Cephalon; OpenHelix, Washington University

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genedata this week said that its Phylosopher data management product has been adopted by the "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" project, which aims to identify targets for diagnostics, patient-risk assessment, and therapies for infectious diseases caused by Candida albicans. The project involves a consortium of research institutes, universities, clinics, and industrial partners, and is funded by the German Medical Systems Biology initiative.

Geneart this week said that preliminary figures show that the firm generated net sales of €4.57 million ($6.1 million) for the first quarter of 2010, up from sales of €4.04 for the first quarter of 2009. The Germany-based gene synthesis firm, which is in the process of being sold to Life Technologies, expects its 2010 sales to be between €18.5 million and €19.5 million.

Sigma-Aldrich's SAFC unit will spend $6.25 million to expand its Lenexa, Kan., facilities, the firm said this week. The expansion will create a global "center of excellence," which will produce dry powder media and reagents. The expansion also is supported by a $250,000 economic development grant from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

DNAStar and its sister company Scarab Genomics said this week that they have launched next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing services. Those services include library preparation, selecting an appropriate sequencing technology and platform, assembly, analysis, annotation, and visualization of end results.

Knome has launched the KnomeDiscovery Research Awards Program, under which it will provide exome sequencing and interpretation services to three winning research groups, each of which will study a pair of exomes to answer "a compelling biological question," the firm said this week. Researchers can submit proposals through Knome's website before June 15, with winners announced on June 30. Knome founder George Church is on the panel of scientific advisors that will judge the proposals.

Dotmatics said this week that drug firm Cephalon will use its data querying and visualization solutions across its medicinal chemistry division.

Washington University's Bernard Becker Medical Library has purchased a subscription to OpenHelix, providing its faculty, students, and staff with access to more than 90 tutorial suites on bioinformatics and genomic resources.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

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

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

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.