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Health Discovery Closes Fractal Genomics Acquisition

Health Discovery (formerly Direct Wireless) said on Jan. 2 that it has completed its acquisition of San Francisco-based bioinformatics company Fractal Genomics.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Fractal Genomics founder Sandy Shaw will become vice president of fractal technology at Health Discovery.

Health Discovery said it plans to develop new research protocols for use with Fractal Genomics Modeling (FGM) software and begin validation studies on a set of leukemia genes discovered with the software.

IBM to Partner with FAST on Life Science Search Solutions

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) of Oslo, Norway, has entered a partnership with IBM that covers the development, marketing, and sale of search technology for the life science market in Europe and North America.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, the companies will integrate FAST Data Search, FAST’s enterprise search platform solution, with a range of IBM life science IT solutions.

Further terms of the agreement were not provided.

Accelrys to Distribute Jubilant BioSys’ Database

Accelrys said on Dec. 22 that it had agreed to become the exclusive distributor of Jubilant Biosys’ Kinase ChemBioBase, a kinase inhibitor database in the Catalyst 3D file format.

Accelrys will make the entire database available as a module in its Catalyst 4.9 rational drug design product suite. The database has over 160,000 compounds, covering about 320 unique kinase targets, including biological activity information for more than 60,000 compounds.

Accelrys said it anticipates incremental updates to the database of approximately 25,000 compounds per year.

NIH/NSF Support Second Year of Bioinformatics Summer School

Following on the success of last year’s program {BioInform 10-28-02], the NSF and the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have announced a second year of support for the Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Program.

The goal of the program, which is open to undergraduate students in their junior and senior year and to students entering their first and second year of graduate study, is to expose students to current research topics in computational biology and bioinformatics and encourage them to consider careers in bioengineering, bioinformatics, and computational biology.

BBSIs have been established at nine universities: the Southern California Bioinformatics Summer Institute at California State University at Los Angeles; the NIH-NSF Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute in Biomaterials Science and Engineering at Clemson University; the NIH-NSF BBSI Summer Institute in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Iowa State University; the Biomedical Optics Summer Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Bioinformatics Summer Institute at University of Minnesota; the BioMEMS Summer Bioengineering Institute at New Jersey Institute of Technology; the Biomaterials and Bionanotechnology Summer Institute at Penn State University; the Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute in Computational Biology at the University of Pittsburgh; and the VCU Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Summer Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.