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People in the News: Apr 9, 2009

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher Joshua Mendell has been appointed to a six-year term as part of the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists.

Mendell, an assistant professor of pediatric/molecular biology and genetics, will receive $1.5 million over six years to support his research into the oncogene Myc and its role in microRNA dysregulation.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.