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Nina Fedoroff, David Livingston

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Sigma-Aldrich said last week board member Nina Fedoroff has been named one of eight scientists who will receive the 2006 National Medal of Science. Fedoroff and the other recipients will receive their medals at a White House ceremony on July 27. The awards were established in 1959 by Congress and are administered by the National Science foundation.
 
Fedoroff also this week was named science and technology adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. As a science adviser at the US Department of State, Fedoroff will function as the department’s chief scientist and as its principal liaison to scientific communities.
 
Fedoroff serves as the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences in the department of biology and the Evan Pugh professor in biology at Penn State University.
 

 
Ensemble Discovery this week appointed David Livingston senior vice president of biology. He will lead the company’s biodetection business. He had been president of Biomedical Strategies Consulting where he advised clients on new therapeutic targets and technologies for drug development. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Spherics and Praelux, now part of GE Healthcare.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.