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LifeOmic: Shelagh Fraser

LifeOmic has appointed Shelagh Fraser as its first chief medical officer. Fraser will be tasked with providing clinical expertise and interpretation of evidence-based medical practice to the LifeOmic platforms. She joins LifeOmic from Priority Physicians, an Indianapolis-based primary care practice for which she practiced internal medicine. Fraser is also a board member for Aspire Indiana and Karuna Wellness Center. She earned her MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.