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William Pulleyblank

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William Pulleyblank, formerly director of the Deep Computing Institute for IBM Research, has been tapped to manage IBM’s new Center for Business Optimization, which will combine management consulting, mathematical research, business performance management, software capabilities, and deep computing power to help solve some complex business problems, the company said. Pulleyblank oversaw the development of the Blue Gene supercomputer while at IBM Research, according to a statement released by IBM.

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Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.