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The Next Curie

The most inspirational female scientist is Marie Curie, according to a poll conducted by the New Scientist and L'Oréal. Curie received a quarter of the votes, coming in ahead of Rosalind Franklin who received 14.2 percent of the votes. According to Scientific Blogging, the vote coincided with the announcement of the 2009 winners of the L'Oréal UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships, who are the University of Oxford's Nathalie Seddon, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Elizabeth Murchison, Oxford's Jennifer Bizley, and University College London's Patricia Alireza.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.