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A Scientist and Artist

Cell biologist Gerd Maul has died, reports The Scientist. He was 70. Maul was a "multi-faceted researcher" and artist, The Scientist says, writing that he started out as an electron microscopy expert, then discovered the "nuclear dots" structures, and then turned his attention to studying vaccines. In addition, The Scientist says Maul was "an admired sculptor and artist who regularly showed at prestigious galleries in Philadelphia and beyond," and adds that he also worked with other media. "He had an incredible enthusiasm for his science, and a way of looking at things that other people didn't see," says Louise Showe, a colleague of Maul's at the Wistar Institute.

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.