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People in the News: Charlie Rodi, Steven Hyman


Molecular diagnostic company Trovagene has appointed Charlie Rodi to vice president and chief technology officer. Previous positions include director of the Monsanto Genome Sequencing Center and executive vice president of genomics at Sequenom. He has also held positions at G.D. Searle, where he helped use nucleic acid biomarkers in drug development, and at ICx BioSystems, where he helped establish the use of digital PCR in the detection of rare alleles in circulating nucleic acids. He holds a PhD in cellular and developmental biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a BA in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Steven Hyman has been appointed to lead the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, which will use genomics to understand the neurobiology of and develop therapeutics for neuropsychiatric diseases. He will take over from Edward Scolnick, the founding director, who will remain as a faculty member at the Broad and become chief scientist at the Stanley Center.

Hyman was provost at Harvard University for 10 years, until he stepped down in June and joined the Broad as a scholar-in-residence at the Stanley Center. He was also formerly the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He holds degrees from Yale College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Medical School.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.