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Richard Lifton and Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Rockefeller University has appointed Richard Lifton as its 11th president. He is currently a professor of internal medicine and genetics at Yale University, and founded the Yale Center for Genome Analysis where he has served as executive director since its creation. Lifton has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1994, and he co-chaired the planning committee for President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015. He will succeed Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who is leaving Rockefeller to become Stanford University's next president. 

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.