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NADII to be Known as Torrey Mesa Research Institute

NEW YORK, March 8 - Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute (NADII) said Thursday it had changed its name to Torrey Mesa Research Institute.

"We chose the name Torrey Mesa Research Institute to reflect the outstanding discoveries and advances that have come out of the San Diego region," said Steven Briggs, CEO of TMRI, which is based in La Jolla, Calif.

TMRI, which was formerly an institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, became a subsidiary of Syngenta at the beginning of 2001 following the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals.

TMRI and Myriad Genetics recently announced that they had sequenced the rice genome map, offering information about the genes and their function.

TMRI, a leading agricultural genomics center, is focused on applying genomics to developing better seed traits and safer pesticides. The institute was formed in 1999 and employs 117 scientists.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.