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People in the News: Oct 9, 2009 (rev. 1)

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Strand Life Sciences has hired Thon de Boer as its senior director for software product management.

De Boer was formerly senior product manager for bioinformatics at Complete Genomics. Prior to that, he was product manager for the GeneSpring product line at Agilent Technologies.

De Boer has a BS in biology and a PhD in molecular biology from VU University in Amsterdam.


Tim Conrad, a computational biologist at Berlin's Freie Universität, has received the Klaus Tschira Award for the Public Understanding of Science in mathematics.

The award, presented by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, comes with €5,000 ($7,354). The foundation honored Conrad for his PhD thesis, "Bloody Fingerprints from the Playstation," which describes a method for using a simple blood sample to gauge the health of an individual.

So far, Conrad has used the method to create molecular fingerprints for five different types of cancer. "Two of them were successful in first pre-clinical tests and had a significantly higher detection rate than other methods," Conrad said in a statement.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.