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Paired Ends: Lawrence Brody, George Weinstock


The National Human Genome Research Institute has appointed Lawrence Brody as director of the newly established Division of Genomics and Society. He is currently chief of the Genome Technology branch within NHGRI's intramural research program and CSO of the trans-NIH Center for Inherited Disease Research. He holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

George Weinstock has joined the Jackson Laboratory as a professor and associate director for microbial genomics. He is currently a leader of the Human Microbiome Project. Weinstock joins the Jackson Laboratory from the Genome Institute at Washington University, where he was an associate director. Previously, he was co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine and a professor in the department of human and molecular genetics. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a PhD from MIT.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.