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Movers & Shakers: Aug 13, 2009

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Francis Collins was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to be the new director of the National Institutes of Health last week.

He becomes the 16th director of NIH.

Collins was director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993 to 2008, a tenure highlighted by the success of the Human Genome Project, which provided a genomic blueprint of human beings. Before joining NIH, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.