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Funding Update: May 20, 2011


Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Integrative Bioinformatics for Knowledge Discovery of PTM Networks
Principle Investigator: Cathy Wu, Vijay Shanker, Jung-Youn Lee
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Start/End Date: July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012
Amount Awarded to Date: $380,678

Funds the development of a bioinformatics research infrastructure for integrated understanding of plant post-translational modifications in a systems biology context. The work will integrate text mining, data mining, data analysis and visualization tools, and databases and ontologies into a research resource to explore and discover PTM networks.

Title: Diffusing Probes of kT-scale Specific Protein-Protein and Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions
Principle Investigator: Michael Bevan
Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University
Start/End Date: June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012
Amount Awarded to Date: $106,334

Funds work using diffusing colloidal probe microscopy to measure the interactions of surface immobilized proteins and carbohydrates with the ultimate aim of developing capabilities for measuring weak interactions between proteins and carbohydrates on synthetic materials to enable various biomedical applications.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.