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Irwin Jacobs, Martin Wygod

Biological Dynamics has added Irwin Jacobs and Martin Wygod to its board of directors. Jacobs is a cofounder of semiconductor and telecommunications equipment firm Qualcomm, as well as chairman emeritus of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Wygod is director of Medco Containment Services and former chairman of WebMD Health. 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.