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Neil Cook, Kathleen Wiltsey, Howard Moody

Agilent Technologies has named Neil Cook as vice president and director of the molecular technology laboratory at Agilent Laboratories. Cook also will serve as R&D/technology manager for Agilent’s Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business.
Cook joins Agilent from PerkinElmer, where he most recently served as vice president for research and business development and chief scientific officer of the Life and Analytical Sciences division. He also previously worked at Amersham Biosciences in corporate development, drug discovery marketing, and R&D.

Kathleen Wiltsey has been elected to the board of directors of Sequenom. Wiltsey held marketing and business development positions at Amgen until her retirement in 1998. In 2006, she joined the X Prize Foundation as executive director for the launch and development of the Archon X Prize for Genomics.
Wiltsey also currently serves on the board of directors of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.

MDS Pharma Services has named Howard Moody vice president of information technology. Moody recently served as chief information officer at Medifacts International, a CRO in Rockville, Md. He previously held the position of chief information officer at Covance, and had held IT leadership positions at Quest Diagnostics, SmithKline Beecham (now part of GlaxoSmithKline), and Deluxe Data Systems.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.