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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

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.