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Heidi Rehm

Heidi Rehm last month became chief genomics officer in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is part of the Center for Genomic Medicine. In her new role, she will focus on the clinical implementation of genomics. Rehm remains medical director of the Broad Institute’s clinical research sequencing platform and an associate professor of pathology at MGH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. She is also a leader and principal investigator of ClinGen, and a co-leader of the Broad Center for Mendelian Genomics. Previously, Rehm was the director of the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine at Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.