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Don O’Neil, Hugh Coble, Hilliard Terry

GenVault appointed Don O’Neil as its vice president of operations as of Jan. 2, the company said this week. In the position, O’Neill will oversee sales, manufacturing, and engineering operations at the DNA sample handling company.
O’Neill most recently was global business area director at Invitrogen, and before that he served at Illumina, Gravitron, Discovery Partners International, and Energy Science Laboratories.

Beckman Coulter disclosed in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week that Hugh Coble will retire from the firm’s board of directors, effective Feb. 2.

Rodney Gonsalves has been promoted to director of investor relations at Agilent Technologies. Gonsalves had been serving as controller, corporate governance and finance, at Agilent. He succeeds Hilliard Terry, who was recently appointed vice president and treasurer of the firm.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.