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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

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.