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Patrick Schnable has been named director of Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute.

Schnable is currently a professor in ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and received the inaugural chair in genetics in ISU's department of agronomy in 2013.

He also founded and directs the Center for Plant Genomics, a center within the Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) and served as the PSI's associate director 2005 to 2010.

Separately, Schnable is managing partner of Data2Bio, a next-generation sequencing services firm.


KromaTiD has hired Alex Vodenlich as its new CEO.

Vodelinch most recently was president and CEO of Gentel Biosciences, a provider of multiplex immunoassay technologies. Prior to GenTel, Vodenlich served as vice president of sales and marketing for PanVera. Before that, he was a discovery research scientist within Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories.

As incoming CEO, Vodenlich said that the company's goals are to build "revenue traction and to initiate collaborations" to support the launch of KromaTiD's dGH chromosome imaging assays.

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.