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The University of Toronto announced the appointment of Steve Scherer as the new director of its McLaughlin Centre. Scherer holds the GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Endowed Chair in Genetics and Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.

Scherer and his research team have made numerous contributions to the genomics field, including mapping, sequencing and conducting disease gene studies of human chromosome 7. Additionally, he contributed to research on global gene copy number variation and his research team has linked CNVs to the etiology of autism.

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.