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Scott Kahn, Michael Gribskov, Phil Bourne, Edward Helton

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Accelrys has promoted Scott Kahn from general manager and senior vice president of its life sciences division to CSO of worldwide operations. In this new role, Kahn will manage Accelrys’ software and IT R&D and will help guide the company’s future marketing direction.

Michael Gribskov, a senior staff scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected president of the International Society for Computational Biology. Gribskov, who has served on the ISCB board of directors since 1999, became co-chair in 2000, and served as vice president under the most recent ISCB president, Phil Bourne. Gribskov’s term as president will expire in 2005.

Edward Helton, chief strategist of regulatory and biomedical affairs at Cary, NC-based SAS, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC).

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Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.