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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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Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.