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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

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.