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People in the News: May 31, 2011 (rev. 1)


Husband and wife Neal Copeland and Nancy Jenkins will join the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Texas as co-directors of cancer biology at the institute and at the Methodist Cancer Center. They were the first researchers to be recruited through Texas' Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, which was established by state voters in 2007. Copeland and Jenkins have identified genes associated with leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic, lung, breast, and prostate cancers.

The couple previously spent five years at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research. Additionally, they have worked at the Jackson Laboratory, and also the National Cancer Institute-Frederick, where Copeland headed the molecular genetics of oncogenesis and Jenkins headed the molecular genetics of development.

Copeland holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Utah and Jenkins holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Indiana University.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.