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David Swarbreck has joined the Norwich, UK-based Genome Analysis Center as genome analysis team leader. His group will work on annotation and analysis of plant, animal and microbial genomes.

Swarbreck was most recently at the Carnegie Institute. Previously, he served as a lead scientific curator at the Arabidopsis Information Resource, and a senior computer biologist at the Sanger Institute.


George Church has been awarded the 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science for "innovative and creative contributions to genomic science," including the development of sequencing technologies. Church invented multiplex sequencing and also founded the Personal Genome Project. He is a professor of genomics at Harvard Medical School, and has founded or advised more than 20 biotechnology companies, including Knome, Complete Genomics, and 23andMe.


The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.