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Janet Thornton, Ewan Birney, Donald Halbert

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The International Society for Computational Biology has named Janet Thornton and Ewan Birney — both from the European Bioinformatics Institute — as the winners of its 2005 Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award and Overton Prize, respectively. This marks the first time that ISCB has recognized two scientists from the same institute for the awards.


Iconix Pharmaceuticals has hired Donald Halbert as executive vice president of R&D. Halbert was most recently director of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics in Abbott Laboratories’ Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Group.

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A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

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NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.