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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

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more