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People in the News: Zunyan Dai, Daniel Sharer, Patricia Hall, John Alexander, and Others

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Emory Genetics Laboratory has named five new directors.

Zunyan Dai has been appointed director of EGL's Cytogenetics Laboratory. He joins EGL from Quest Diagnostics

Daniel Sharer and Patricia Hall have been tapped to serve as directors of EGL's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory. Sharer previously worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Hall worked at Mayo Clinic.

EGL has also named John Alexander, Yuan Xue, and Alice Tanner to serve as directors of its Molecular Genetics Laboratory. Alexander joins EGL from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Xue comes from the University of California, Los Angeles. Tanner has been working as a genetic counselor at Emory.

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.