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Pairings: Jul 15, 2009


President Obama said last week that he intends to nominate Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins served as director of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 until 2008. During that time, he led the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. Prior to his NHGRI directorship, he was a faculty member at the University of Michigan and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Collins holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

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The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.