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People in the News: Michael Becich


Empire Genomics has tapped Michael Becich to serve on its scientific advisory board.

Becich is a professor and the founding chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s department of biomedical informatics. He is also co-director of the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and associate director of its Cancer Institute.

Becich obtained his MD and a PhD in experimental pathology from Northwestern University. His current research focuses on integrating human biorepositories and clinical phenotypes derived from electronic medical records with expression data derived from high-throughput genomics and proteomics experiments.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.