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Michael Waterman, Christopher Lipinski

The International Society for Computational Biology this week awarded Michael Waterman, professor of biological sciences, computer sciences, and mathematics at the University of Southern California, its Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award and presented the 2006 Overton Prize to Mathieu Blanchette, assistant professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University in Montréal. The prizes were conferred at the annual Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology conference in Fortaleza, Brazil.

BioSolveIT has appointed Christopher Lipinski to its scientific advisory board. Lipinski, who recently retired as senior research fellow at Pfizer Global R&D, is known for his “Rule-of-Five” for assessing the drug-like qualities of molecules.

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The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.