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The Federal Aviation Administration is using systems biology tools to improve air safety, wrote two FAA members in a recent issue of the ISB Newsletter. The authors, Dennis Burian and Doris Kupfer, had attended a course on systems biology at the Institute for Systems Biology and wrote that the functional genomics team at the FAA would be using systems biology approaches to find biomarkers for "physiological impairment in crewmembers" such as fatigue and hypoxia.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

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