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Pairings: Oct 19, 2011

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The University of Pittsburgh has awarded J. Craig Venter the Dickson Prize for his efforts in genome sequencing, including leading efforts to sequence the first human genome and creating a living bacteria cell with synthetic DNA. Venter is the founder of Synthetic Genomics, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Institute for Genomic Research, and Celera Genomics.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.