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Agilent: Katharine Knobil

Agilent has appointed Katharine Knobil as the firm's first chief medical officer. Prior to Agilent, Knobil served as CMO and head of research and development at Kaleido Biosciences. Knobil has also served in a variety of leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline. She currently serves on the board of directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals. 

The Scan

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.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.