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Iowa State Establishes Bioinformatics Program


AMES, Iowa--Iowa State University has established the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics, which will host a PhD program in bioinformatics and computational biology. At present, the university’s Animal Science Department is seeking candidates to fill bioinformatics teaching positions and establish a joint bioinformatics/veterinary sciences research program. Visit

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Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.