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At the Bio-IT World conference in Boston this week, the Bioinformatics Organization presented Alex Bateman with the annual Benjamin Franklin Award for activities involving open access in the life sciences.

Bateman, a bioinformatics researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, developed the Pfam and Rfam databases to help classify the world of proteins and RNA, respectively. Pfam, launched in 1997, contains 12,000 families grouping the approximately 15 million proteins now known. Rfam kicked off in 2003.

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Five researchers are to share this year's Albany Medical Center Prize for their work on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool, the AP reports.

Stat News reports on how white supremacists cope with surprising genetic ancestry testing results.

In Genome Research this week: sex-biased gene expression evolution in malaria mosquitos, method to find ancient selective sweeps, and more.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.