Skip to main content

GeneTrace Gets Genomics Grants from NCI and NIEH


ALAMEDA, Calif.--GeneTrace Systems has been awarded two Small Business Innovation Research grants to conduct functional genomics studies. The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has supplied a grant for the further development of the company's high-throughput single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis capabilities using mass spectrometry. The goal is to evaluate human samples for polymorphisms in genes that may modify the risk of disease in response to environmental factors.

Another US government organization, the National Cancer Institute, is funding gene expression monitoring of multiplexed cancer gene sets and their responses to changes in their environment as part of the institute's Cancer Genome Anatomy Project. One difficulty in cancer cell analysis is the propensity for each tumor to have unique mutations. These differences are reflected in the expression of RNA and proteins in cancer cells. GeneTrace's high-throughput expression capability will be applied to the comprehensive molecular characterization of normal, precancerous, and malignant cells, evaluating multiple genes in many samples.

Filed under

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.