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Robert Herbold, Peter Lundberg, David Capes, Nicholas Conti, Pamela Wickham, Lew Platt, Carly Fiorina, Harry Stonecipher

Robert Herbold, retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft and a director of Agilent, last week donated $2 million to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Peter Lundberg joins Solexa as vice president and chief technical officer with responsibility for all R&D activities at the company's California location. Lundberg previously was vice president for DNA platforms R&D at Applied Biosystems. He served as director of engineering in the ABI's PCR business unit responsible for overseeing the technical development of real-time PCR, including its application to both gene expression and genotyping, and the development of the company's array platforms.

David Capes was promoted to vice president for R&D for Rockeby Biomed of Australia from his position as head of product development for diagnostics. Capes previously was director of Asia-Pacific R&D for Becton Dickinson.

Nicholas Conti was named to the new position of vice president of corporate development for Orchid BioSciences, the company said last week. Conti previously was vice president for R&D and business operations for a unit of Becton Dickinson.

Raytheon appointed Pamela Wickham as vice president of communications and corporate affairs effective March 14, the company said. Most recently Wickham was vice president, corporate communications for Hewlett Packard. Previously, Wickham was executive vice president for GE Healthcare.

Lew Platt, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who six years ago this month announced plans to spin out Agilent Technologies and then stepped aside after the restructuring to be replaced by Carly Fiorina, is also the non-executive chairman of Boeing and is expected to be influential in the naming of the company's new president to replace ousted CEO Harry Stonecipher, according to news reports.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.