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The Obama Administration has nominated William Brinkman to be director of the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. Brinkman is a senior research physicist at Princeton University and former vice president for research at Bell Labs and at Sandia National Laboratory.


Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008 and more recently a senior fellow for global health with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will return to Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior adviser, effective May 1.

"With a new administration in Washington, a global economic downturn and anticipated reforms in health care finance and delivery, we will look to him again for help and sound guidance," Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.