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People in the News: Jennifer Doudna, Vasant Jadhav

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University of California, Berkeley researcher Jennifer Doudna has been awarded the Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Doudna received the honor for her work on RNA and the discovery of the gene-editing process known as CRISPR. The award includes a $100,000 prize.


Vasant Jadhav has joined Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as senior director of research.

He previously served as a director of research at Merck, focusing on that company's efforts to develop an siRNA conjugate delivery platform.

Alnylam acquired Merck's RNAi assets this year.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.