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OriCiro Genomics: Shige Sasaki, Nasir Kato Bashiruddin

Tokyo-based Synthetic biology firm OriCiro Genomics has appointed Shigemasa (Shige) Sasaki as chief operating officer and chief business officer, and Nasir Kato Bashiruddin as chief technology officer.

Prior to joining OriCiro, Sasaki was president of the Japanese subsidiary of Unchained Labs, a US-based research tools company. Before that, he was Asia Pacific marketing director at GE Healthcare. He holds a BS in bioengineering from Fukui Prefectural University.

Bashiruddin used to be director of the platform innovation group at PeptiDream, a peptide drug discovery firm. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Tokyo and a BS in biology from the University of Washington.

The Scan

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

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.