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Pacific Biosciences CSO Eric Schadt will become director of the Mount Sinai Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology as well as chairman of the department of genetics and genome sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (see article, this issue). He will start at Mount Sinai in August and will remain PacBio's CSO. Schadt will succeed Joseph Buxbaum, the institute's interim director.

The National Academy of Sciences has elected 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries, bringing its total number of active members 2,113 and the total number of foreign associates to 418.

Among those elected are George Church and David Bartel. Church invented multiplex sequencing and also founded the Personal Genome Project. He is a professor of genomics at Harvard Medical School, and has founded or advised more than 20 biotechnology companies, including Knome, Complete Genomics, and 23andMe.

David Bartel, professor of biology at the Whitehead Institute at MIT, is using sequencing to study small RNAs in plants and animals.

Daniel Bradbury and Roy Whitfield have been re-elected to serve on Illumina's board of directors for three years and Gerald Möller to serve on the board for two years. Bradbury has been a director of Illumina since 2004, while Whitfield has been a member of the board since 2007. Möller was named a director last year.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.