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Douglas Lowy

The National Cancer Institute named Douglas Lowy its acting director, following the departure of Harold Varmus. Lowy has been NCI's deputy director since July 2010. A cancer researcher for 40 years, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama last year for work that resulted in the development of the human papillomavirus vaccine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS. 

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.