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Jack Challis

Cancer diagnostics shop Lucence Diagnostics appointed Jack Challis its healthcare analytics director. He will be based in San Francisco and will organize Lucence's streams of genomics data, as well as drive collaborations with research institutes and healthcare providers in the US. Challis cofounded CliniCast, which was acquired by Elekta in 2015. 

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.