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HudsonAlpha Postdoc Wins NIH Grant for Alzheimer's Disease Research

NEW YORK — The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology said on Monday that one of its postdoctoral researchers has won a $118,335 grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue research into the genetics of Alzheimer's disease.

With the funding, Nicholas Cochran — a senior postdoc in the lab of HudsonAlpha's Richard Myers — aims to study the regulation of the gene that encodes tau, a protein that is abnormally hyperphosphorylated and aggregates in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, and how it is influenced by rare variants.

The grant was awarded under the NIH Pathway to Independence program, which aims to help postdocs transition from mentored research to independent positions.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.