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Francis Collins

Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, is the first recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. The prize, which honors “outstanding international ethical leaders,” carries a $25,000 cash award. A ceremony recognizing Collins will be held in conjunction with an ethics and genetics symposium and lecture on Sept. 4.
Collins holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University, and an MD from the University of North Carolina.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.