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David Heckerman

David Heckerman has joined Human Longevity as chief data scientist. He will report to Co-Founder Craig Venter and will lead a team analyzing large-scale medical and genomic data. Heckerman comes to HLI from Microsoft, where he worked for more than 25 years. He led that company's first research team focused on machine learning and helped produce the first content-based spam filter. More recently, he led Microsoft Genomics, including Microsoft's cloud computing services for genomics. Heckerman has held adjunct faculty and visiting scholar positions at a number of institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Washington, and Columbia University. He holds a medical degree and a doctorate in computer science, both from Stanford University.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.