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People in the News: Feb 24, 2011

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Benitec said that it has established a chief investigators group.

The new group, which brings the company's scientific founders together with its collaborative partners, will replace Benitec's scientific advisory board.

Members of the CIG include Michael Graham, the discoverer of Benitec's expressed RNAi technology; Ken Reed, a Benitec founder; John Rossi, a researcher at the City of Hope; Yorke Zhu, the founder of Benitec partner Biomics Biotechnologies; Maria Kavallaris, a researcher at the University of New South Wales; and Peter French, Benitec's CEO.

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.