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People in the News: Apr 29, 2011 (rev. 1)


The Open Bioinformatics Foundation has released the names of six students who were selected to work on OBF projects this year as part of the Google Summer of Code program (BI 4/1/2011).

Justinas Vygintas Daugmaudis and Michele dos Santos da Silva were accepted by the Mocapy++Biopython project to work on creating probabilistic models of biomolecules and will be mentored by Thomas Hamelryck and Eric Talevich.

Separately, Mikael Eric Trellet was selected to work on an interface analysis module for the Biopython project mentored by João Rodrigues and Eric Talevich.

Chuan Hock Koh was selected for the BioJava project and will work on calculating amino acid's physico-chemical properties, mentored by Peter Troshin, Andreas Prlic, and Jay Vyas.

Michał Koziarski will work on the BioRuby project with a focus on representing bio-objects and related information with images. He will be mentored by Raoul Bonnal and Francesco Strozzi.

Sheena Scroggins will work on a major BioPerl reorganization mentored by Robert Buels and Chris Fields.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.