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Bernhard Spiess

Castle Biosciences has appointed Bernhard Spiess as chief operating officer. Bernhard most recently served as vice president of product management for both clinical chemistry and infectious diseases at Beckman Coulter. He spent 23 years working at Beckman Coulter and played key leadership roles in the development and commercialization of various platforms. Earlier in his career, Bernhard worked for Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur and Abbott Diagnostics.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.