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'The Crazy Guys' Succeed

BGI Shenzhen is "in an unlikely corner of China," and is an unlikely success, writes Lone Frank in Newsweek. Frank notes that founders Yang Huanming and Wang Jian were called "the crazy guys" by their Chinese colleagues. Now BGI Shenzhen has 128 Illumina HiSeq 2000s churning away, and 4,000 scientists and technicians work there — and the average age of the research staff is 26. In addition, the institute is expanding into the US, Europe, and Hong Kong. "A shoe factory becoming a genomics center, scientists replacing blue-collar workers — the Shenzhen research facility embodies the country's economic and social ambitions," Franks adds.

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.