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Huntington Willard, currently director and president of the University Hospitals of Cleveland research institute, has been named director of the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP). Willard will lead five research centers at the IGSP: the Center for Human Genetics; the Center for Human Disease Models; the Center for Genome Technology; the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; and the Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy.

SciTegic has named Rob Brown senior director of cheminformatics marketing. Brown joins the company from Accelrys, where he held the position of senior director of cheminformatics marketing.

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WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.