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Feb 15, 2006

FRANKLIN AWARD
Bioinformatics.Org has announced the five finalists for the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award: Michael Ashburner (University of Cambridge), Helen Berman (Protein Data Bank), Phil Bourne (UCSD), Sean Eddy (HHMI/University of Washington), and Don Gilbert (Indiana University). The humanitarian award will be presented at the Bio•IT World Life Sciences Conference + Expo in April.

IMPROVED SENSITIVITY
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have tapped an Internet error-checking protocol to improve microarray analysis. Using a check-sum algorithm, the researchers say their microarray data analysis method yields greater sensitivity in detecting gene expression.

DISCOVERY TAG TEAM
Argenta Discovery and Genentech have entered into a two-year drug discovery collaboration. The two companies will tap Argenta’s expertise in computer-aided drug design, medicinal chemistry, and ADME/PK to discover new chemical entities for drug targets defined by Genentech.

NIH SCREENING BEGINS
The Scripps Research Institute will use an Elsevier MDL informatics suite to support its efforts in the NIH Molecular Libraries Screening Centers Network.

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