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People in the News: Oct 14, 2010

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Mirna Therapeutics announced that David Johnson has joined the company as a scientific advisor.

Johnson is the chair of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Before that, he was a researcher at Vanderbilt University. He also served on the US Food and Drug Administration's oncology drug advisory committee.

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.