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Alec Bangham Dies

Hematologist Alec Bangham died, reports the Guardian. He was 88. Bangham was best known for discovering liposomes while he was studying the surface chemistry of blood cells, leading him to be nicknamed "the father of liposomes." He always had a small laboratory of only two or three staff members and constantly received visiting scientists from all over the world. His interests extended to the fusion and stickiness of membranes, blood clotting, anesthetics, and vitamin A intoxication. Bangham closely followed how liposomes could be used to treat disease. "They could be used stealthily, like a Trojan horse, to deliver toxic drugs to their targets, as adjuvants for immunization, and to deliver healthy genes where they were needed," writes Brian Heap in the Guardian.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.