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Lisa Lee is the new executive director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, succeeding Valerie Bonham, who is returning to the National Institutes of Health's Office of the General Counsel.

Among the commission's projects is the issue of privacy regarding the use of whole-genome sequencing in both the clinical and research setting.

Lee has served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1998, most recently as its chief science officer in the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Sciences. She holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and an MS from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.