New License Terms for NLM Distribution of SNOMED CT

In April, new uniform international license terms for Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) replaced the US-wide license terms negotiated by the National Library of Medicine in 2003, giving US users broader rights to distribute derivative products internationally. The newly formed International Health Terminology Standards Organization (IHTSDO) acquired SNOMED CT from the…

Former Board of Regents Chair John P. McGovern Dies at 85

John Phillip (“Jack”) McGovern, MD, former member (1970-74) and chair (1973-74) of the NLM Board of Regents, died May 31 of pneumonia in Galveston, Texas. He was 85. His tenure on the Board saw the inauguration of MEDLINE, the beginning of a national toxicology online search service, a number of satellite-based communications experiments, and emergency…

Andrew Z. Fire, NLM Scientific Counselor, Wins Nobel Prize

Andrew Z. Fire, PhD, of Stanford University Medical School and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of National of Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2006. He shared the prize with Craig C. Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical School,…