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Craig Venter, Joel Malek, Noubar Afeyan

Craig Venter will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Sciences award at the VVA’s biennial National Leadership Conference on July 19 in Greenville, SC. He is the founder and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute.

Joel Malek has become manager of the genomics laboratory of Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar. Most recently, he was a senior manager scientist at Applied Biosystems in Beverly, Mass.


Helicos BioSciences director Noubar Afeyan has received the 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition. He is recognized for his achievements as a technologist and entrepreneur, and for his impact on his local community and in Armenia, his country of origin. Afeyan is managing partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures.

The Scan

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.