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Arthur Horwich Wins the Lasker Award

Yale University's Arthur Horwich and Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry's Franz-Ulrich Hartl have won this year's Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. In The New York Times this week, Carl Zimmer profiles Horwich, whose work Zimmer describes as spanning the worlds of both basic science and medicine. Horwich, who often collaborates with Hartl, discovered that cells contain "microscopic boxes, known as HSP60," Zimmer says, adding that those boxes are like "a changing room for proteins. Once they enter the box, proteins can fold themselves into their final shape so they can begin to do their jobs." Meanwhile, misfolded proteins have been implicated in a host of diseases, including Alzheimer's, and Horwich is working on determining whether cells can be induced to produce more HSP60 to help with protein folding and thus possibly treat disease. "The hope is that we'll get better and better at providing something for people who get sick," Horwich adds.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.