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People in the News: Mar 26, 2009

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that Stanford University researcher Howard Chang has been appointed to a six-year term as part of the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists.

Chang, an associate professor of dermatology, will receive $1.5 million over six years to support his research into the function of long, non-coding RNAs, according to HHMI.


Traversa Therapeutics has appointed two new members to its scientific advisory board.

Joining the SAB are William Kaelin, a professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Yitzhak Tor, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.