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The Search Is On

The US National Institute of General Medical Sciences has re-started its search for a new director. The top position there has been vacant since Jeremy Berg left in June 2011, though Judith Greenberg has been acting director of the institute. NIGMS came close to filling the position this past April, but MIT's Chris Kaiser withdrew his name for personal reasons. Now, the search is back on.

"The NIGMS director is the Institute's 'chief visionary,' setting goals, priorities and policies," writes Story Landis at the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog. "He or she oversees a budget of $2.4 billion, which funds basic research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, and selected behavioral and clinical areas."

This job announcement from the National Institutes of Health says that it will begin reviewing applications for the position at the beginning of October.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.