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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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A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

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