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It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated

The folks behind the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences are accepting nominations now. Described as "a humanitarian award presented annually ... to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted open access to the materials and methods used in the scientific field of bioinformatics," the honor has in the past gone to Michael Ashburner, Ewan Birney, Lincoln Stein, Jim Kent, and Michael Eisen. You can go here to submit your nominations.


The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.