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Victor McKusick, Mark Ostrowski

Victor McKusick will receive the 2008 Japan Prize in medical genetics and genomics. He is a professor emeritus of medical genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. McKusick, who is 86, is honored for the “establishment of medical genetics and contributions to its development.” At a ceremony in April, he will receive a medal and ¥50 million ($470,000). McKusick, who spent six decades at Johns Hopkins, retired last month.

Mark Ostrowski has joined GenVault as vice president of sales and marketing, the company said this week. He spent more than 10 years at Myriad Genetics Laboratories, where he was most recently director of sales operations. Ostrowski holds a BSc in biology from Yale University.

The Scan

Unwrapping Mummies' Faces

LiveScience reports that Parabon NanoLabs researchers have reconstructed how three Egyptian mummies may have looked.

Study on Hold

The Spectrum 10K study has been put on hold due to a backlash, leading the researchers to conduct consultations with the autism community, Nature News reports.

Others Out There Already

Reuters reports that Sanofi is no longer developing an mRNA-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

PNAS Papers on GWAS False Discovery, PRAMEF2 Role in Tumorigenesis, RNA Virus Reverse Genetics

In PNAS this week: strategy to account for GWAS false-discovery rates, role of PRAMEF2 in cancer development, and more.