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Norton Zinder Dies

Norton Zinder, who was a molecular biologist at Rockefeller University, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 83.

As a graduate student, Zinder worked out that viruses could transfer genes between bacteria. He later studied protein synthesis, competing with James Watson. Zinder spent his career at Rockefeller University in Manhattan, and "became an influential voice in many significant issues of science policy," the Times says. Zinder was involved in the start of the Human Genome Project, and helped mediate the truce between the public and private efforts. "He had trouble keeping his mouth shut, but in some ways that was disarming for people," Jesse Ausubel, a Rockefeller researcher, tells the Times.

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.