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Ming Li

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Ming Li, a professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In a statement, the Society described Li as an “influential international leader in the development of bioinformatics algorithms and software.” Li is a co-developer of the PatternHunter homology search algorithm.

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The Scan

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.