A ‘Genius’ Virologist

Trevor Bedford, a computational virologist who was first to report community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the US, has had a good month.
He got a 7-year, $9 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. And then on Tuesday, the world learned he won a $625,000 MacArthur “genius grant.”
Bedford’s work on how viruses evolve and spread provided important insights into understanding the coronavirus pandemic.
The MacArthur award is “amazing,” but he’s not really breaking out the champagne.
The Quote: “It's really been difficult for me to reconcile that with feeling like [these prizes are] coming out of my work on the pandemic. It's hard to accept things given that it came out of such terrible circumstances.”
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