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Proteome Sciences Awarded $762K for UK Project into Neurotoxins in Children

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Proteome Sciences has been awarded €530,058 ($761,520) as part of a UK project to study the effects of environmental contamination in health and developmental disorders in children, the UK proteomics firm said today.

The award is part of a €6.99 million EU Framework 7 Grant for two years to the project called DENAMIC, for Description of the Nature of Accidental Misuse of Chemicals and
Chemical Products, which was initiated in 2006.

DENAMIC's main goal is to develop tools and methods to monitor neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants that may have adverse effects on the cognitive skills of children and cause developmental disorders. For its part, Proteome Sciences will research the effects of neurotoxic chemicals on proteins, peptides, and biochemical pathways in cell models and tissue.

The firm will then create a database of protein biomarkers associated with chemical exposure. Proteome Sciences' research will be mass spectrometry-based and use its TMT labeled peptides, from which assays will be developed.

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