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NextBio, Burnham Institute, GeneGo, GlaxoSmithKline, National Center for Biomedical Ontology

Burnham Institute Renews License for NextBio Software
NextBio said this week that the Burnham Institute for Medical Research has renewed and expanded its license to NextBio's life-science search engine.
Under the terms of the expanded agreement, all scientists at the institute will gain access to the NextBio software, which allows them to search data from public and proprietary sources.
Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.

GSK Expands Licensing Agreement for GeneGo’s Software
GeneGo said this week that GlaxoSmithKline has extended a licensing agreement for its systems biology software tools.
The expanded agreement provides GSK’s bioinformatics, R&D, and clinical  researchers with global access to GeneGo’s MetaCore, MapEditor, and MetaBase informatics tools.
GSK will use MetaCore, a collection of pathway maps and network models, as “a repository of all types of experimental data as well as resulting analyses,” GeneGo said.
GSK has been a GeneGo customer since 2005, when it signed an agreement to use the company’s MetaBase database of human biology and medicinal chemistry.
Financial terms of the expanded agreement were not provided.

NCBO, University of Buffalo to Host Training Course in Biomedical Ontology
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology and the University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy said this week that they are sponsoring a two-day training course in biomedical ontology to be held in Buffalo, NY, April 12-13.
The course will provide an introductory survey of methods and an overview of current developments in ontology in the life sciences.
Further details are available here.

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The Scan

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.