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Jeffery Luber

Atlas Genetics announced today that Jeffrey Luber has been appointed CEO and John Clarkson, current founding CEO, will become Executive Chairman. Mr. Luber joins the board with experience in the life sciences industry, including roles in both public and private companies. Most recently, he led the return to growth and sale of Good Start Genetics to Invitae. Prior to this, Luber was CEO of Exact Sciences, where he executed its turnaround and strategic transaction with Genzyme. 

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.