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Pairings: Jan 6, 2010


CrystalGenomics announced the appointment of Eric Nelson as its VP of business development. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, CrystalGenomics operates a biopharmaceutical subsidiary in Emeryville, Calif., called CG Pharmaceuticals.

Previously, Nelson was the global head of business development at the Indian pharmaceutical firm Advinus Therapeutics. Before Advinus, Nelson was assistant VP of business development at Wyeth.

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award is accepting nominations until Feb. 15. The award, established by Johnson & Johnson and named after the Janssen Pharmaceutical founder, recognizes annually a scientist's contributions to public health through exemplary basic or clinical research advances with a $100,000 prize.

The award winner will be announced in the summer of 2010, according to a J&J statement.

Past winners of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award, include Axel Ullrich last year, and Marc Feldmann and Ravinder Maini in 2008.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.