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Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman has joined Metamark Genetics as director of national accounts. He will develop and execute initiatives to secure and support regional and national payers. Hoffman most recently was senior director of managed care at Courtagen Life Sciences, where he managed commercial and government accounts for the firm's genetics diagnostics business. Before that, he was senior director of managed care at Transgenomic Health/PGx Health. 

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.