December 27, 2014
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has awarded an expected $23.4 million contract toward the continued development and maintenance of a pathogen genomics database, according to a press release.
“This database has expedited research in many ways,” Jessica C. Kissinger, PhD, director of the Institute of Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia, said in the release. “Vaccine scientists frequently want to examine how proteins have changed over time, to identify those with signatures indicating that they provoke the human immune system. Those studying a specific antigen may wish to examine its structure and diversity, in order to prioritize those regions that might be most promising and relatively unlikely to develop resistance.”