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Howard Jacob

Howard Jacob has joined AbbVie as vice president of the genomic research center, leaving the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology. He had served as vice president of medical genomics and chief medical officer there since 2015. Jacob also cofounded Envision Genomics, a spinout of HudsonAlpha that aimed to make whole-genome sequencing standard of care for rare disease diagnostics. Prior to joining HudsonAlpha, Jacob served for nearly 20 years at the Medical College of Wisconsin, including as founding director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center and as a professor of physiology. Previous to that, he was on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The Scan

Bit of Each

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.