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Nancy Kelley has stepped down from her post as founding executive director of the New York Genome Center. Kelley had been the driving force behind the center's creation and last November had also taken on the role of chief operating officer. As reported by PGx Reporter sister publication In Sequence, Kelley will continue to serve as an advisor and remain on the center's board of directors.


Caris Life Sciences has named Joachim Schorr to be its chief scientific officer.

Schorr formerly worked for two decades at Qiagen, where he was senior vice president of global research and development, managing director, and a member of the executive committee, among other positions. He will continue to serve as a scientific consultant for Qiagen.

Prior to joining Qiagen, Schorr worked at Hoechst, a German chemical-pharmaceuticals company, and was also co-founder of Coley Pharmaceuticals, EnPharma Pharmaceuticals, and QBM Cell Sciences.

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.