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Surflex-Dock, Larry Tiffany, Mathew Palakal


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Tripos has released Surflex-Dock, a flexible molecular docking algorithm developed by Ajay Jain, a faculty member at the University of California San Francisco Cancer Research Institute. Surflex-Dock "couples a unique scoring function with a patented search engine," Jain said in a statement. Tripos said that the algorithm has been "extensively validated and favorably compared with all leading competing methods by independent researchers." Surflex-Dock is immediately available as part of Tripos' Sybyl molecular modeling environment.


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Gene Logic has appointed Larry Tiffany as a senior vice president and interim general manager of its genomics division, following the recent resignation of Dennis Rossi in June [BioInform 05-23-06].

Tiffany previously served as vice president of international business development at Gene Logic. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Tiffany's employment agreement began June 21 and runs through Aug. 31. The contract can be extended by mutual agreement. On an annualized basis, Tiffany will be paid $300,000.

Mathew Palakal has been appointed associate dean for graduate studies and research at the Indiana University School of Informatics at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Palakal, a professor of informatics and of computer and information science, assumed his new position July 1. He replaces Douglas Perry, who left to become dean of the newly established College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University.

Palakal will oversee informatics graduate programs and research activities, including bioinformatics, chemical informatics, laboratory informatics, human-computer interaction design, media arts and science, and the doctoral degree program in informatics.

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Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

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In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.