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David Barker

Biomatrica said today that David Barker has joined the company's scientific advisory board. Barker currently serves on the board of directors of BioNano Genomics and AmideBio. He is a scientfic advisor to Illumina, where he served as vice president and CSO from 2000 to 2007. Barker has also served in excutive roles at Molecular Dynamics and Amersham Biosciences, now part of General Electric.

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.