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Genomics: Gil McVean

Gil McVean has been appointed chief information officer of UK data science company Genomics, a post he will take up before the end of 2019. He cofounded the company and is already one of its directors. McVean will be joining Genomics from the University of Oxford, where he is the founding director of the Big Data Institute and a professor of statistical genetics at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he was head of bioinformatics and statistical genetics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford and a professor of statistical genetics at the university's Department of Statistics.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.