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Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new virophage that appears to be genetically related to a group of transposable elements found in eukaryotes.

A University of British Columbia-led research team has brought together genomic, transcriptomic, and other data in their effort to understand a fungal symbiont of the mountain pine beetle.

The team will use DNA sequencing technology to study 12 forme fruste tumors that currently lack effective diagnostics and treatments.

A Canadian research team used a combination of real-time quantitative PCR and microfluidic technology to assess miRNA expression patterns in nearly 30 hematopoietic cell populations in adult mice.

The antibody profile could potentially be used to improve stratification of patient cohorts in clinical trials or as a point-of-care test to determine whether a patient needs vaccination, Reinhard Hiller, managing director of CPGR, told ProteoMonitor.

The technique allows for the first time the proteome-wide study of protein carboxy termini, according to one of its developers.

The recruitment effort seeks researchers to fill two new positions in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology; two new positions in computational tools and technology development; and two existing positions in chemical, molecular and systems biology, and bioengineering.

CPGR will be developing multiplex protein array-based antibody profiling assays and related bioinformatic analysis methods for the project with the ultimate aim of creating a biomarker signature that can be used for companion diagnostic purposes.

The partners aim to identify biomarkers that may predict how patients react to seasonal influenza vaccinations.

The algorithm, which was developed in collaboration with researchers in the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems groups at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, will allow Kinexus to do high-resolution mapping of an estimated 25 million kinase-substrate interactions, said a company official.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.