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Pairings: Nov 10, 2010


Foundation Medicine, an oncology-focused personalized medicine firm that launched in April, announced the appointment of Maureen Cronin to the newly created position of senior vice president of research and product development. In this role, Cronin will lead the development and advancement of Foundation's personalized cancer treatment tests.

Cronin joins Foundation from Genomic Health, where she spent nine years leading research and product development efforts in molecular diagnostics and oncology personalized medicine.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.