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President Obama said last week that he intends to nominate Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins served as director of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 until 2008. During that time, he led the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. Prior to his NHGRI directorship, he was a faculty member at the University of Michigan and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Collins holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

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The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.