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David Botstein, Shirley Tilghman, James Broach, Stephen Fodor, Patrick Brown


David Botstein has been named as new director of Princeton University’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. His appointment will start July 1 of next year. Botstein will succeed Shirley Tilghman, the founding director of the institute, who became president of the university last year, and James Broach, the institute’s interim director. Princeton established the genomics institute in 1999 and is now completing construction of a building for it, the Carl Icahn Laboratory. Botstein, who is a professor of genetics at Stanford University, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, before teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1988. He then served as vice president for science at Genentech for two years before joining the faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and has received numerous awards.

Stephen Fodor, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Affymetrix, was awarded the 2002 Innovator Award in the field of nanotechnology by The Economist last week, “for the invention and development of high-density DNA microarray technology.“ The prize follows on the heels of another one, the Takeda Award, which Fodor will be sharing with Patrick Brown of Stanford University.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.