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Bioinformatics Courses and Workshops, Summer and Fall, 2003


Stanford University’s Biomedical Informatics Training Program and the Stanford Center for Professional Development will host a short course, Bioinformatics Methods and Techniques, June 23-25. The course explores the broad scope of bioinformatics, discusses the theory and practice of how these tools are built, and provides an understanding of their applicability to sequence analysis, functional genomics, and protein structure analysis and prediction. Further information:


The University of Tennessee will host two short courses on the mathematics of biological complexity. The first, Optimal Control Theory in Application to Biology, will be held July 9-12; and the second, Modeling the Evolutionary Genetics of Complex Phenotypes, will be held September 7-10. Further information:


This summer, the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, a non-profit biotechnology training organization (BTCI), will host two bioinformatics workshops in Madison, Wisconsin. The first, Techniques in Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics, August 4-8, will help participants construct a working library of bioinformatics tools and resources. The second, Computational Approaches to Analyzing Gene Expression Data, August 11-15, will include modules on microarray technology, experimental design, data management, statistics, data mining techniques, diagnostics, arrays as a phenotype, use of prior knowledge to constrain analyses, and modeling techniques. Further information:


The United Nations Development Program/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases is spon- soring the South East Asian Training Course on Bioinformatics Applied to Tropical Diseases at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi, India, Sept. 10-23. The course will focus on training young investigators to apply bioinformatics and computational biology to pathogen genome research and to the development of new products against tropical diseases. Further information:


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Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.