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Andrew Fire, Craig Mello, Mark Rogers, and Larry Gold

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Andrew Fire, a professor of pathology and genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.

Fire, along with Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts, discovered in 1998 that the RNAi mechanism could be triggered by introducing to a cell long double-stranded RNAs.


Aptamera, a drug development company focusing on aptamer therapeutics, said this week that it has appointed Mark Rogers as its chairman.

Rogers was previously chairman of Genta, and also served as a member of that company’s board. According to Aptamera, he holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.


Archemix, an aptamer-based therapeutics developer, said this week that Larry Gold has joined the company’s scientific advisory board.

Gold is currently the founder, chairman, and CSO of SomaLogic, said Archemix.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.