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Aimee Hoyt

Illumina has appointed Aimee Hoyt to senior vice president and chief people officer, where she will head the human resources team. Hoyt was previously chief people officer at Rackspace, a managed cloud company that was acquired by Apollo Global Management in 2016. She has also held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, and Sun Microsystems. 

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.