$2.65 million to expand computational research skills in science Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced $1.65 million and $1 million for a joint $2.65 million for The Carpentries, an organization that teaches researchers computational skills through a scalable and community-centered model. The $1.65 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will support The Carpentries' instructor training program and the development of CarpentriesLabs -- a centralized repository for high-quality, community-contributed teaching materials.
New genomics database increases research collaboration An international research team launched a new open-source database – multiplex assays of variant effect (MAVEs) – as a public repository for large-scale measurements of sequence variant impact, designed for interoperability with applications to interpret these datasets. Details of the database are presented in the November 3 issue of Genome Biology.
AACR launches $36M genomics project with big pharma The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is launching a $36 million research project in collaboration with big pharma to expand its Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE) clinical genomics databank.
NIH Invests $100 million in cures for sickle cell disease and HIV The National Institutes of Health (HIH) announced that it plans to invest at least $100 million over the next four years towards developing affordable, gene-based cures for sickle cell disease (SCD) and HIV. The NIH aims to make these cures globally available, including in low-resource settings. The NIH is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who will contribute $100 million.
Thermo Fisher announces new temperature stable media On October 21, Thermo Fisher released a new cell culture media for biological researchers that remains stable at room temperature. The new product is called Gibco BenchStable Media, which offers an alternative for researchers looking to work without cold storage but that also saves energy and is shipped with sustainable packaging. Discuss
$7 million NIH grant awarded for testing advancing sequencing tools The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the All of Us Research Program (both part of the NIH) announced a $7 million award to HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Alabama to evaluate the use of leading-edge DNA sequencing technologies. The funds will hopefully improve diagnosis and treatment in a variety of diseases.
New reference genome helps understand diversity Houston, TX – At the American Society of Human Genetics 2019 Annual Meeting scientists shared results from the new human reference genome project. The new sequences improve the utility of the human reference genome, a touchstone resource for modern genetics and genomics research. There is a need to improve the reference to better capture genetic diversity among different human populations.
NIH research shows racial disparities in grant awards According to a new study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists, published in Science Advances on October 9, research topic preference accounts for more than 20% of a persistent funding gap for black scientists applying for National Institutes of Health research project (R01) grants compared to white scientists. Each step of the application submission and review processes for R01 applications were examined between 2011-2015.