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Short Reads: May 1, 2009

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The Next Generation

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Deborah Nickerson has been in the trenches of genomics almost since the beginning, but that wasn't always the plan. Today, she uses her experience in learning a new field to mentor her students.

Systems Biology in Action

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The Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology is still getting its momentum going, but it's already seen promising work in proteomics and spawned collaborations among its members.

The companies — Rosetta Genomics, MDRNA, and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals — have all seen their shares more than double since Dec. 31, significantly outperforming the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

Included are a large-scale study of the human kinome, and a description of a database combining ETD spectra and protein sequence databases for peptide identification.

A separate deal under which Prometheus agreed to acquire 2 million shares of Rosetta at $4 per share has also been completed.

The system, which serves California's largest public healthcare district, is offering 23andMe's service at several outpatient centers in an effort to advance preventative care.

The university's new labs will conduct an array of 'omics studies of cancer, addiction, infection, and others.

New Releases: Apr 29, 2009

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Matrix Genomics' DNA home testing kits for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, and heart attack risk

Moving Target: CNVs in Disease

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More and more research is linking CNVs to disease. It's not only changing the way scientists study disease, but also how clinicians diagnose it.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.