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The University of Pittsburgh has awarded J. Craig Venter the Dickson Prize for his efforts in genome sequencing, including leading efforts to sequence the first human genome and creating a living bacteria cell with synthetic DNA. Venter is the founder of Synthetic Genomics, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Institute for Genomic Research, and Celera Genomics.

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.