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PRESS RELEASE: Alex Bateman wins the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award
Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Saturday, April 03, 2010
Submitter The Bioinformatics Organization has named Alex Bateman, a senior investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK, as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award.

In the words of his nominators, "Bateman has lead the freely available and very useful Pfam (http://pfam.sanger.ac.uk/), Rfam (http://rfam.sanger.ac.uk/) and MEROPS (http://merops.sanger.ac.uk/) databases at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute since moving there in 1997. He was also the Executive Editor for the open-access Database issue of the journal Nucleic Acids Research for many years ([link]). Furthermore, Bateman helped initiate the RNA Families track at the journal RNA Biology ([link]), where a Wikipedia article is required for each published RNA family."

In an interview with Kevin Davies of Bio-IT World, Bateman acknowledged the previous winners of the Benjamin Franklin Award, whom he called "a big influence during my scientific career and taught me the value of free software and free data." Bateman has collaborated with a past Franklin Award winner, HHMI investigator Sean Eddy, using the HMMER software to identify novel protein domains.

The award ceremony with laureate seminar can be attended at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo on April 21, 2010, held at the World Trade Center, Boston. More information on the event can be found here: http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com/.

(Kevin Davies contributed to this press release: [link])

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