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People in the News: Josh Forsythe and Mark Pottle

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Knome has hired Josh Forsythe as its new vice president of sales and marketing. He joins the company after 10 years at Golden Helix, where held several positions including VP of business development, VP of sales and marketing, and director of marketing.


GNS Healthcare has hired Mark Pottle to be its chief financial officer.

Prior to joining GNS, Pottle was the CFO at N-of-One. Before that, he was CFO for UnitedHealth Group's Optum Insight – Accountable Care Business Unit. He has also been vice president of finance and VP of business operations at healthcare IT company Picis, which was acquired by Optum.


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.