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Francis Collins, Maynard Olson, Kathy Yelick

National Human Genome Research Institute Director Francis Collins this week received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony. Collins was honored for his leadership during the Human Genome Project.

Maynard Olson, a professor of genome sciences and medicine at the University of Washington, last week received the Gruber Genetics Prize at the American Society for Human Genetics conference in San Diego. The prize comes with a $500,000 award.
Olson assembled a physical map of the yeast genome and “developed a new way to piece together the genomic puzzle,” according to a statement. He was also “one of the top two or three key brains behind the Human Genome Project.”
The Gruber Genetics Prize honors leading scientists for distinguished contributions in any realm of genetics research.

Kathy Yelick, a computer science professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has been named the new director of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, which is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Yelick, who has also overseen the Future Technologies Group at LBNL since 2005, succeeds Horst Simon as head of NERSC. Simon, who has led NERSC since 1996, will continue to serve as LBNL’s associate director for computing sciences and director of the computational research division.
NERSC is considered the DOE’s major computing center for unclassified research. The center offers supercomputing and data storage resources for more than 2,500 researchers.

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Consent Questions

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Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.