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People in the News: Mar 29, 2011


Wayne Grody has been named president of the American College of Medical Genetics. Grody takes over from Bruce Korf, who completed his two-year term at the 2011 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this month.

Grody is a professor in the departments of pathology and laboratory medicine, pediatrics, and human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. He is the director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory within the UCLA Medical Center, one of the first such facilities in the country to offer DNA-based tests for diagnosis of a wide variety of genetic, infectious, and neoplastic diseases, ACMG said.

Grody is also an attending physician in the department of pediatrics, specializing in the care of patients with, or at risk for, genetic disorders.
Grody did his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University, received his MD and PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed residency and fellowship training at UCLA. He has been certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Pathology.

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.