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People in the News: Robert Green, Shashikant Kulkarni, Rong Chen, Mark Gerstein, and more

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Bina Technologies has added four new members to its advisory board. They are Robert Green, an associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and associate director for research at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine; Shashikant Kulkarni, the director of cytogenomics and molecular pathology, and an associate professor of pathology and immunology, pediatrics, and genetics at Washington University School of Medicine; Rong Chen, the director of clinical genome informatics at the Icahn Institute of Genetics and Multiscale Biology; and Mark Gerstein, a Yale University professor of biomedical informatics, molecular biophysics & biochemistry, and computer Science.

Bina has also added two new members to its executive team. Janet Lankard has been hired as vice president of sales, and Gianfranco de Feo is now the company's vice president of marketing.

The Scan

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.