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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Gary Gilliland

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced that D. Gary Gilliland plans to step down as president and director in 2020. Prior to working at the Hutch, Gilliland served as director of the leukemia program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer, senior VP and global oncology franchise head at Merck, and vice dean and VP of precision medicine at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.