Retrovirology Associate Editor Monsef Benkirane has been elected as a new 2012 EMBO member. Fifty-five new members were elected this year. Election is based on scientific excellence and is one of the highest honors bestowed on European and international scientists. Please see the following link for more details. https://www.embo.org/documents/EMBO_new_members_2012.pdf We congratulate Monsef for this deserving recognition.