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Julia Karow, Mo Krochmal, Kirell Lakhman, Bernadette Toner


GT would like to introduce four new columnists, who are the editors of our GenomeWeb sister publications. Starting with this issue, you’ll get the latest from them on bioinformatics, proteomics, microarrays and gene expression, and SNP/genotyping.

Julia Karow, editor of ProteoMonitor since last October and former editor of BioArray News, has a biochemistry background, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany and a PhD in protein biochemistry from the University of Oxford. Before joining GenomeWeb, she interned with Scientific American and NPR’s Science Friday.

Mo Krochmal, editor of BioArray News since last October, is an award-winning veteran of nearly 20 years in journalism, including the last 10 years covering the science and commerce of technology for a wide number of publications, including The New York Times and CMP Media. He holds degrees from North Carolina State University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Kirell Lakhman, editor of SNPtech Reporter, which he launched this January, was previously the editor of GenomeWeb’s daily news website. He was a pharmaceutical and biotech correspondent for Reuters and covered a range of clinical specialties for a New York medical publishing firm.

Bernadette Toner, editor of BioInform since January 2001, spent three years at Technical Insights, a newsletter division of John Wiley & Sons (now part of Frost & Sullivan), where she reported for several titles, including Inside R&D, FutureTech, Nanotech Alert, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and makes a mean margarita.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.