An international team of scientists, including Environmental Genomics & System Biology Division’s Monica Munoz-Torres, has characterized the genome of B. glabrata, a freshwater snail that is instrumental in transmitting a parasitic worm to humans. The achievement could help researchers disrupt the life cycle of the worm that causes the disease schistosomiasis, an also known as snail fever. Read the science short at the Berkeley Lab News Center.
Chris Mungall, computer research scientist in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division, has been awarded the society’s 2017 Exceptional Contributions to Biocuration Award. EGSB’s bioinformatics scientist Monica Munoz-Torres was recently selected society chair following the 2016-2017 executive committee elections in November.