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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

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.