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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.

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Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

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