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Diana Bianchi

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Diana Bianchi as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is expected to join the NIH on Oct. 31. Bianchi will join NICHD from the Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center, where she serves as the founding executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute and vice chair for pediatric research. She also serves as a professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and as the editor-in-chief of the international journal Prenatal Diagnosis.

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.