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People in the News: Stephen Scherer, Peter Hirth

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Autism Speaks has named Stephen Scherer as director of the Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K). In addition to leading AUT10K, Scherer will continue in his role as director of the Center for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He will also continue serving as director of the McLaughlin Center at the University of Toronto.


Peter Hirth has joined Trovagene's scientific advisory board.

Hirth co-founded Plexxikon and served as its CEO until 2013. Prior to that, he was president of Sugen. He also was a vice president of research with Boehringer Mannheim and served as a research scientist with the Max Planck Institute following the completion of his postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Diego.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.