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Nobel Laureate 'Bumped Into' Ubiquitin Discovery

The Scientist profiles Aaron Chiechanover, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation ― a determination he made as part of his PhD thesis. “We didn’t set out to identify ubiquitin. We didn’t know anything about ubiquitin or its function,” Ciechanover tellsThe Scientist. “We were studying intracellular proteolysis and we bumped into it.”

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.