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Kathy Hudson to Move to NIH

Kathy Hudson, the director of Johns Hopkins Genetics & Public Policy Center, will be NIH director Francis Collins's chief of staff, reports Science Insider. As part of that job, Hudson plans to work with FDA to oversee genetic testing, which she advocated while at Hopkins.

Also, NIH is facing a lawsuit that says the new stem cell policy violates federal law, another post at Science Insider says. The suit was filed by Boston Biomedical Research Institute's James Sherley and AVM Biotechnology's Theresa Deisher and it is supported by Nightlight Christian Adoption and other groups. The filing claims that the new policy violates the Dickey-Wicker amendment. The amendment, signed by President Clinton, says that federally-funded scientist may not create human embryos for research purposes nor perform research that destroys human embryos.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.