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“No accomplishment by the Department of Energy ranks higher than our historic role in the sequencing of the human genome. Under [Francis Collins’] leadership, the Human Genome Project was finished two and a half years ahead of schedule and 10 percent below the estimated cost. It is just not possible to overstate the difficulty and historical importance of what Francis Collins accomplished. It was Ari — and perhaps it could only have been Ari — who brought together the public and private sector genome programs for a joint announcement on the significant progress the two efforts were making.”

— Excerpted from Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham’s presention to Francis Collins and Aristides Patrinos last month of the DOE’s highest honor, the Secretary’s Gold Award, for their leadership of the HGP

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more