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Sekar Kathiresan

The Center for Human Genetic Research (CHGR) at Massachusetts General Hospital has appointed Sekar Kathiresan as its director. He is replacing CHGR's founding director, James Gusella. Kathiresan is currently a member of the CHGR faculty, and is the Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar. He is also a member of the Broad Institute, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Kathiresan has led the Preventative Cardiology section within the Cardiology Division at Mass General since 2005.

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.