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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

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.