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A stimulus grant awarded to USC College molecular biology professor Sergey Nuzhdin will enable the purchase of a genome sequencer and allow experimentalists to analyze data produced with their custom techniques.

Sergey Nuzhdin Awarded Stimulus Grant

September 28, 2009

Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology at USC College, has been awarded a $563,000 stimulus grant to purchase an Illumina/Solexa Genome Sequencer. The money also will cover the salaries of technical and bioinformatics…

The Machine That Goes Ping

The Machine That Goes Ping

April 3, 2009

USC's 454 Life Sciences DNA sequencer is rather humble for a half-million dollar marvel on the frontier of science. "It's the machine that goes ping — sounds really impressive but looks really plain," said John…

Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

August 1, 2007

USC College biologists have developed a method for sequencing both chromosomes of an organism. Their study appears in a recent issue of Genome Research. The statistical method is significant because when researchers announce…

New Mathematical Model to Add Rigor to Studies of Disease Genetics and Evolution

New Mathematical Model to Add Rigor to Studies of Disease Genetics and Evolution

March 1, 2007

USC College computational biologist Peter Calabrese has developed a new model to simulate the evolution of so-called recombination hotspots in the genome. Published this month in the online edition of the Proceedings of the…

Genes Behind Animal Growth Discovered

Genes Behind Animal Growth Discovered

January 29, 2007

How many genes influence a complex trait, like weight, height or body type? And why does the answer matter? Among other reasons, because the “Green Revolution” that multiplied crop yields has to be followed by a…

Natural Selection at Single Gene Demonstrated

April 24, 2006

Biologists seeking elusive proof of natural selection at the single-gene level have a powerful new tool at their disposal. Chris Toomajian, postdoctoral researcher in molecular and computational biology in USC College, led…

Excited about Genomes

February 1, 2005

Demystifying genomics opens field to under-represented minority students and undergrads By Eva Emerson February 2005 Genomic science is still new enough that many people don’t have a clear idea of what the…