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News Scan: Feb 20, 2009

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Millipore Licenses GeneGo Pathway Maps

GeneGo this week announced that it has licensed to Millipore 250 manually curated pathway maps for its new Interactive Biological Pathway tool, which has been launched on Millipore's website.

The new tool links Millipore's antibodies, proteins, assays, and relevant bioinformatics content related to biological pathways, said GeneGo. The maps are categorized by diseases and cellular processes to make it easier for researchers to find relevant information.

Terms of the license were not disclosed.


DiscoveryBioMed to Conduct Bioassay Testing for Lifeline

DiscoveryBioMed this week said that it has inked a service contract with Lifeline Cell Technology to conduct primary human cell bioassay testing for the subsidiary of International Stem Cell Corp.

The contract partners DBM's expertise in assay development with Lifeline's expertise in producing optimized human adult and stem cell products, said Lifeline CEO Jeffrey Janus.

Birmingham, Ala.-based DBM also said that the partners are developing a mutual Small Business Innovation Research grant proposal based on using multiple human cell cultures derived from different tissues as an in vitro platform for testing pollutants, candidate therapeutics, and existing drugs for toxicity against cells.

Financial and other terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.