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People in the News: Mar 13, 2009 (rev. 1)


The International Society for Computational Biology has named Webb Miller, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, as the winner of its Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award for 2009. Trey Ideker of the University of California, San Diego, will receive the 2009 Overton Prize, for scientists in their early- to mid-career.

Miller worked on the algorithms that were used in Blast, collaborated on the development of sequence-alignment software for the UCSC Genome Browser, and developed the first program capable of comparative alignment for entire vertebrate-sized genomes.

Ideker is a pioneer in modeling and analyzing networks of molecular interactions using genome-scale measurements and is the developer of Cytoscape, an open source program for visualizing molecular networks. In 2003, his group was the first to demonstrate that protein networks can be aligned and compared across species, just like genome sequences.

Patrick Soon-Shiong is the new chairman of the X Prize Foundation's Life Sciences Prize Group Steering Committee. The X Prize Foundation currently supports one life science initiative, the Archon Genomic X Prize, which challenges scientists and bioengineers to be the first to sequence 100 human genomes within 10 days or less.

Under Soon-Shiong's direction, the Life Sciences GSC will address such subjects as healthcare, genomics, proteomics, bionics/human augmentation, rapid disease detection, disease prevention, human longevity, and artificial intelligence in medical diagnosis.

Soon-Shiong is also chairman and CEO of Abraxis BioScience.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.