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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

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.