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Sera Prognostics said that it has hired Mark Ostrowski to lead the company's management team as president and CEO, and that board member Gregory Critchfield will expand his role and become executive chairman.

Both of these positions previously were held by company co-Founder Dennis Farrar. Critchfield was president of Myriad Genetics Laboratories for a dozen years, and Ostrowski served in management positions at Dianon Systems, Myriad Genetics, and Perlegen.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.