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Zia Choudhry

Genomind has appointed Zia Choudhry as chief medical officer. Chouhdry previously served as medical director of scientific affairs and research at Premier Psychiatric Group in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has also served as a medical advisor and product physician at Pfizer. Genomind, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, has developed the Genecept Assay, a comprehensive genetic test designed to help clinicians optimize treatment decisions for patients with mental illness.

The Scan

Science Confidence Boost

The New York Times reports that a new poll finds trust in science and scientists has increased with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appeal and Funds

Some grant applications denied funding due to an Australian Research Council rule change have now been funded following an appeal, the Guardian reports.

Surveillance for Variants

Vox writes that the detection of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant highlights the need for improved viral genomic surveillance.

Nature Papers Examine Taxonomic Gaps in Plant Sequencing, SARS-CoV-2-Human Interactome

In Nature this week: plant genome sequencing dominated by affluent countries, and more.