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Kim Fechtel, Benjamin Franklin Award

Kim Fechtel, formerly senior director of bioinformatics at Genome Therapeutics, has joined 3rd Millennium as senior director of scientific consulting. Fechtel will be responsible for business development and act as the principal investigator for the company’s R&D grants. Fechtel has also held bioinformatics positions at Proteome and the Genetics Institute.

The Bioinformatics Organization is seeking nominees for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics, which is presented annually by the members of the non-profit open source bioinformatics advocacy group "to an individual who has worked to promote open access to the materials and methods used in the field." Past awardees include Michael Ashburner, Ewan Birney, Lincoln Stein, James Kent, and Michael Eisen. Information on the award and the nomination process is available at

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Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.