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People in the News: Feb 18, 2010

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The National Institutes of Health has announced that Raynard Kington is stepping down as deputy director to become president of Grinnell College.

Raynard joined the NIH in 2000 as director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and later served as acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He was acting director of the NIH from November 2008 until August 2009.

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.