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Ewan Birney, Melissa Cline

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The Bioinformatics Organization will award the 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics to Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute. Bioinformatics.Org presents the award annually to an individual who has “promoted free and open access to the materials and methods used in the scientific field of bioinformatics.” The award will be presented at the annual meeting of Bioinformatics.Org in Boston on May 19.


Melissa Cline has left her post as a bioinformatics scientist at Affymetrix to join Benno Schwikowski’s lab at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Cline told BioInform that the main focus of her work will be further development of Cytoscape, a software platform for visualizing and modeling biological pathways and molecular interactions.

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The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.