Open-access genome project lands in UK

George Church

In 2008, a group of prominent scientists and entrepreneurs announced, after careful consideration, that they would make their genome sequences public, marking the launch of the Personal Genome Project (PGP). The “open source” genomics effort sought to make the genomes and medical histories of 100,000 people available for anyone to use. It was started by George Church, a genomicist at Harvard Medical School in Boston who was among the first 10 participants, or the “PGP-10.”  … Read more

NIH approves first uses of HeLa genome

A US National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee approved the first uses of genomic data from the HeLa cell line on 16 September. The HeLa Genome Data Access Working Group includes representatives of the family of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman whose fatal cervical tumour gave rise to the HeLa cell line in 1951.  Read more

California stem-cell agency discloses grant-review conflict

Leroy Hood

Leroy Hood, head of a prominent research institute in Seattle, Washington, violated conflict of interest rules when he reviewed a friend’s grant, California’s stem cell funding agency disclosed in a letter to the state legislature.  Read more

Crowdsourced coders take on immunology Big Data

Crowdsourced coders take on immunology Big Data

Mercenary computer coders are helping scientists cope with the deluge of data pouring out of research labs. A contest to write software to analyse immune-system genes garnered more than 100 entries, including many that vastly out-performed existing programs.  Read more

Wellcome Trust names acting director

Ted Bianco

Britain’s biggest biomedical funder, the Wellcome Trust, named Ted Bianco acting Director today. Bianco, the charity’s Director of Technology Transfer, will take the helm on 14 March, when current director Mark Walport departs to be the UK’s next Government Chief Science Advisor. (see ‘Britain names next chief science advisor‘).  Read more

Royal Institution considers sale of London headquarters

Royal Institution considers sale of London headquarters

The wood-paneled theater where Michael Faraday presented his annual Christmas lectures on chemistry, electricity and magnetism could be up for sale, along with the rest of the London headquarters of the esteemed Royal Institution (RI).  Read more