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Funding Update: NIH Bioinformatics Grants Awarded Feb. 10 — Mar. 9, 2012


Project Title: Statistical Tools for Whole-Genome Prediction of Complex Traits and Diseases
Principal Investigator: De Los Campos, Gustavo A.
Organization: University of Alabama, Birmingham
Project Start Date: March 1, 2012
Project End Date: Jan. 31, 2015
Funding Institute: NIGMS
FY Total Cost: $241,145

Project Title: Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics
Principal Investigator: Freimer, Nelson B.
Organization: University of California, Los Angeles
Funding Institute: NINDS
FY Total Cost: $769,535

Project Title: Democratization of Data Analysis in Life Sciences Through Galaxy
Principal Investigator: Nekrutenko, Anton
Organization: Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Project Start Date: Feb. 22, 2012
Project End Date: Dec. 31, 2015
Funding Institute: NHGRI
FY Total Cost: $1, 476,748

Project Title: Computational Statistics for Model-based Genomic Data Integration
Principal Investigator: Newton, Michael A.
Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Project Start Date: Feb. 15, 2012
Project End Date: Jan. 31, 2014
Funding Institute: NHGRI
FY Total Cost: $171,460

Project Title: Computational Approaches for Structural Variation Studies in Genomes
Principal Investigator: Raphael, Benjamin
Organization: Brown University
Project Start Date: Jan. 1, 2011
Project End Date: Nov. 30, 2015
Funding Institute: NHGRI
FY Total Cost: $490,452

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Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.