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People in the News: Lu Wang, Brad Ozenberger, Jean McEwen, Leroy Hood

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Lu Wang has become program director of the National Human Genome Research Institute's new Mendelian Disorders Genome Centers program. Brad Ozenberger, NHGRI's program director for genomic medicine, and Jean McEwen, program director for the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications program, will oversee the institute's new Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Projects initiative.


PrimeraDx announced that it has appointed Leroy Hood to its scientific advisory board. Hood has helped found several research and commercial enterprises, including Applied Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies), Amgen, and the Institute for Systems Biology, where he currently holds the position of president.

The Scan

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.