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Thomas Caskey

NextCode Health has appointed Thomas Caskey as senior vice president for medical science and diagnostics and as founding member and chair of its scientific advisory board.

Caskey is a professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor School of Medicine and founder of its Medical Genetics Laboratories. Caskey is board certified in internal medicine, medical genetics and molecular genetics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as president of the Human Genome Organization, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He also previously held a research post at the US National Institutes of Health and was senior vice president of research at Merck and president of the Merck Genome Research Institute.

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.