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People in the News: Oct 30, 2009 (rev. 1)

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Richard Durbin of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is among 66 life scientists who have been elected as new members of the European Molecular Biology Organization.

Durbin is a principal investigator at the Sanger Institute and co-chair of the 1000 Genomes Project's steering committee. He was head of the Sanger's informatics division until 2007, when he stepped down to concentrate on genome-wide human resequencing.


CLC Bio has tapped David Leangen as head of its operations in Japan. Originally from Canada, Leangen is a "long-time Japan resident with great experience in the Japanese life-science sector," according to the company.

The company made the appointment as part of an expansion effort in Japan (see related story, this issue).


The International Society for Computational Biology is seeking nominations for the 2010 Overton Prize, the 2010 Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award, and the 2010 Class of Fellows.

The Overton Prize is awarded to a bioinformatics researcher in early- to mid-career. The 2009 Overton Prize was awarded to Trey Ideker of the University of California, San Diego. The Senior Scientist award is granted to a scientist nearing the end of his or her professional career. The 2009 recipient was Webb Miller of Pennsylvania State University.

ISCB instituted the fellows program last year "to honor members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics."

The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 30. Information about the Overton and Senior Scientist awards is available here and information about the ISCB fellows is here.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.