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Philip Bourne

The National Institutes of Health announced today that Philip Bourne will be leaving his post as associate director for data science effective April 30, 2017. Bourne joined the NIH in 2014 to lead the Big Data to Knowledge program. He will join the University of Virginia, Charlottesville as Stephenson Chair of data science, director of the Data Science Institute, and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.