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By Any Other Name ... Well, They Wouldn't Be PGP Volunteers

What's in a name? If reader response is any gauge, something of a controversy. Following on the heels of Esther Dyson's news that she's among the first 10 volunteers for the Personal Genome Project, GTO's sister publication InSequence asked PGP leader George Church for the names of the other participants. Church replied that these nine have given permission to release their names:

  • Misha Angrist, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy
  • Keith Batchelder, Genomic Healthcare Strategies
  • George Church, Harvard
  • Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings
  • Rosalynn Gill-Garrison, Sciona
  • John Halamka, Harvard Medical School
  • Stan Lapidus, Helicos BioSciences
  • Kirk Maxey, Cayman Chemical
  • James Sherley, formerly with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Word in the newsroom is that InSequence will have a full feature story, with interviews of the participants, in tomorrow's edition of the newsletter. If you're a subscriber, you'll be able to access it here.


The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.