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Muthiah Manoharan, Nina Fedoroff

Muthiah Manoharan, vice president of drug discovery at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, has received the Melville L. Wolfrom Award of the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, the company said this week.

Nina Fedoroff, a former member of Sigma-Aldrich’s board of directors and a PennStateUniversity professor, has been named science and technology adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Fedoroff was nominated for the post by the National Academy of Sciences. She resigned from her spot on Sigma-Aldrich’s board of directors.
Fedoroff is chair of the life sciences and an Evan Pugh professor at Penn State.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.