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Funding Update: Mar 11, 2011

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Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Modeling and Prediction of Protein and Protein/Ligand Behavior on Surfaces
Principal Investigator: Thomas Knotts
Sponsor: Brigham Young University
Start/End Date: March 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012
Amount Awarded to Date: $81,884

Funds efforts to probe the stability of proteins and protein-ligand complexes in bulk and on a different variety of surfaces as a means of better understanding the factors affecting protein-surface interaction with the ultimate goal of improving the design of protein arrays.


Title: microMOSAIC Frameworks for Next-Generation Proteomic Technology
Principal Investigator: Amy Herr
Sponsor: University of California-Berkeley
Start/End Date: Feb. 15, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012
Amount Awarded to Date: $74,450

Funds a project to develop microfluidic devices for proteomics research using microchambers that are regionally photopatterned with discrete nanomaterials in order to improve multi-step protein separations.

The Scan

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.