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People in the News: Apr 1, 2011 (rev. 1)

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Glencoe Software said this week that its founder Jason Swedlow and the Open Microscopy Environment team have been named this year's BBSRC Innovator of the Year.

The award, given by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, recognizes individual and institutional commitment to realizing the social and economic potential of excellent research.

Swedlow also won the category prize for social innovator of the year and receives a ₤10,000 ($15,997) award.

Swedlow founded OME along with Peter Sorger and Ilya Goldberg in 2000, and has helped direct the project ever since. As an open source, community-led consortium, OME provides software solutions for biological image management.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.