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A Personal Effort

Stanford University's Ron Davis has become focused on helping people with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), CNN reports. It writes that the work is personal for him, as his son has a severe form of the condition and needs the care of Davis and his wife, Janet Dafoe.

"It has turned my life upside down in many respects. I decided to terminate everything I was working on before Whitney got sick," Davis tells CNN. "Everything is ME/CFS now. It's an emergency kind of effort."

The Open Medicine Foundation — Davis directs its scientific advisory board — committed $1.2 million toward a ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford in 2017, as GenomeWeb reported at the time. CNN adds that OMF has raised $18 million to study the disease. It further notes that Davis and his colleagues are analyzing blood from Davis' son and other patients using a nanoneedle they developed. They hope, it says, to tease out a biomarker for the disease, which they say would help the condition be better recognized and help drug companies develop treatments.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.