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People in the News: Katherine Blizinsky, Elizabeth Tuck, Charudutt Shah

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The American Society of Human Genetics and the National Human Genome Research Institute have named Katherine Blizinsky the newest ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellow and Elizabeth Tuck as Genetics and Education Fellow. Both have 16-month appointments.

Blizinsky, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, studies psychiatric neurogenetics and genomics, gene-environment coevolution of psychiatric susceptibility, and imaging genetics of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Tuck has held different roles related to science education since 2008, including teaching high school biology, developing biotechnology and neuroscience curricula for underserved youth, and organizing science café events for teenagers.


Spartan Bioscience announced that Charudutt Shah is its new director of business development, responsible for expanding adoption of Spartan's RX CYP2C19 genotyping system in the US and overseas.

Previously, Shah was at Luminex, where he was global marketing product manager for infectious disease products. He has also been employed at Life Technologies and Toxikon.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.