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People in the News: Mar 19, 2010 (rev. 1)

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Russ Altman of the Stanford University Medical School has joined NextBio's scientific advisory board.

Altman is a professor of bioengineering, genetics, and medicine and chairs Stanford's department of bioengineering. He leads the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base, or PharmGKB, project, and heads SimBios, one of seven National Institutes of Health-supported National Centers for Biomedical Computation that focuses on physics-based simulation of biological structures.

Altman holds an MD from Stanford Medical School, a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford, and an AB from Harvard College.


The Bioinformatics Organization has announced its nominees for the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics, which is presented annually by the members of the non-profit open source bioinformatics advocacy group "to an individual who has worked to promote open access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences."

This year’s nominees are: Alex Bateman of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Don Gilbert of Indiana University, Bloomington; David Lipman of the National Center for Biotechnology Information; John Quackenbush of the Harvard School of Public Health; and G.P.S. Raghava of India's Institute of Microbial Technology.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.