Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

MCW Awarded $8M to Fund Rat Genome Database

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Medical College of Wisconsin said today it received a four-year, $8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund the rat genome database. 

The database was created in 1999 to collect, consolidate, and integrate data from genetic and genomic research into rat models and to make the data widely available to researchers. It also contains complete files of rat, human, and mouse genes, and files on specific animal strains, MCW said, adding the database has about 4.5 million functional data annotations for rat, human, and mouse genes, and information on 500,000 disease-specific annotations. 

The curated information is free to users, and in 2014 more than 180,000 users in 190 countries accessed the database for scientific research data, the college said. 

In total the database has received more than $35 million in funding.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.