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Remix!

The US National Human Genome Research Institute this week announced its proposed structural reorganization, which would expand the institute from its current two divisions to a total of seven. As our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News reports, NHGRI's Division of Intramural Research would remain "essentially unchanged," while its Office of the Director would be split into the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education and the Division of Management under the new plan. The institute's Division of Extramural Research, meanwhile, would branch into four new divisions: the Division of Genome Sciences, the Division of Genomic Medicine, the Division of Genomics and Society, and the Division of Extramural Operations, NHGRI says. In a statement, Director Eric Green says his institute needs "a management structure that is suitably configured for our current research portfolio — the proposed reorganization will provide that."

NHGRI will hold two public meetings to discuss its proposed reorganization on January 18 and February 13.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.