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Paul Meister, John Sharp, Samuel Mitchell

Paul Meister said this week that he will not stand for reelection as chairman of the board of Thermo Fisher Scientific at the firm’s annual meeting on May 15. In anticipation of his retirement, Meister has already relinquished his position as chairman. The firm did not say whether any of the other directors have assumed his duties.
 
Thermo Fisher said it expects to identify a new director prior to its upcoming meeting.
 

 
John Sharp, vice president of finance for Sequenom, notified the firm that he would leave the firm on April 17, according to a regulatory filing last week.
 

 
Samuel Mitchell, a senior scientist at an agriculture and biotechnology facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has won an HPLC system and a TOF LC mass spectrometer through an Agilent Technologies European sweepstakes, Agilent said this week.
 
Mitchell, of the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, won a 1200 Series liquid chromatography system and a 6510 Quadrupole Time-of-Flight LC/mass spectrometer, Agilent said. The company valued Mitchell’s winnings at $525,000. 
 
Mitchell said the new technology “will enhance [the institute’s] technical capabilities thus helping us with future funding applications.”

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.