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Mara Aspinall

Safeguard Scientifics has appointed Mara Aspinall to its board of directors. Aspinall formerly served as president and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems and global head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics. Prior to that she had founded and served as CEO of On-Q-ity, and she also previously was president of Genzyme Genetics and president of Genzyme Pharmaceuticals.

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.