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Evan Eichler

The New York Genome Center has appointed Evan Eichler as an associate faculty member. He will help lead the autism study for the Center for Common Disease Genomics at NYGC that was established through the National Human Genome Research Institute common disease grant. In addition, Eichler will take on an advisory role planning scientific initiatives with the leadership and faculty of NYGC. He is currently a professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in the department of genome science at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is an editor of Genome Research and has served on various scientific advisory boards for both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The Scan

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.