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People in the News: David Wellis, Ramona Walker, Leslie Auld

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David Wellis has been named CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank. Wellis was previously president of BioAlta, president and CEO of GenVault, and in charge of product marketing at Illumina.

He replaces outgoing CEO Ramona Walker, who is retiring.


GeneNews has appointed Leslie Auld to serve on its board of directors. Auld is GeneNews' chief financial officer and has been with the company since 2010. She previously worked at Luminex Diagnostics as senior director of finance.

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.