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Pamela Sedmak

Counsyl has appointed Pamela Sedmak to the board of directors. Sedmak is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company and previously served as president and CEO at Aetna Medicaid/Dual Eligibles. She has also served as senior vice president and chief financial, strategy, and innovation officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and chief financial officer and chief operating officer at CareSource. 

The Scan

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.