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John Schneider, Peter Barrett

John Schneider has joined Vitra Bioscience as vice president of marketing and business development.

Prior to joining Vitra, Schneider held roles of R&D director and VP of marketing and business development at Molecular Dynamics and Amersham Biosciences, both of which were acquired last year by GE Healthcare.


Peter Barrett has been named chairman of the board of directors of Momenta Pharmaceuticals. Barrett previously served as executive vice president and chief business officer of Celera Genomics, and before that in senior management positions at Applera. He currently is a senior partner at Atlas Venture.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.