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And a Leader, For Now

Thomas Insel will be the acting director of the newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Kathy Hudson will be the acting deputy director while the US National Institutes of Health searches for a head for the new center, notes DrugMonkey at his blog. Writedit adds that Insel will remain at National Institute of Mental Health and Hudson will stay in the Office of the Director.

The search committee for the NCATS director is being chaired by Insel and National Human Genome Research Institute Director Eric Green. The NCATS job listing may be seen here.

The Scan

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.

Study Points to Benefits of Local Consolidative Therapy, Targeted Treatments in Cancer Care

In JCO Precision Oncology, researchers report that local consolidative therapy combined with molecularly targeted treatments could improve survival for some lung cancer patients.

Genetic Variants That Lower LDL Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk

Rare variants in two genes that lower LDL cholesterol are also associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new JAMA Cardiology study.

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.