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Julie Neidich

Pathway Genomics said that Julie Neidich has joined the firm as its new laboratory medical director. She joins the firm from GeneDx where she had served as clinical director of the whole exome sequencing program. Neidich has held faculty positions at Cornell University Medical College and Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as leadership roles at Quest Diagnostics-Nichols Institute and Ambry Genetics. She also was the founder of Global TeleGenetics.

She received her bachelor's degree from Bennington College and her doctorate from George Washington University, and she received pediatrics training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and genetics training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-University of Pennsylvania.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

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