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The National Institutes of Health has tapped Mahendra Rao to be director of the new Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM). Rao formerly was VP of regenerative medicine at Life Technologies and he co-founded the neural stem cell company Q-Therapeutics. The NIH-CRM is an initiative to create a center of excellence in stem cell technology located at NIH's campus that will focus on studying and using induced pluripotent stem cells.

Rao had joined Life Tech predecessor Invitrogen in 2006 after serving as section chief for stem cells and senior investigator in the laboratory of neuroscience for the National Institute on Aging.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.