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Stanley Lapidus, Noubar Afeyan, Stephen Lombardi

Helicos shuffled some executives last week, with company co-founder and CEO Stanley Lapidus taking on the job of chairman from Noubar Afeyan and Stephen Lombardi moving up to the role of president while retaining his job as COO. Afeyan was named lead independent director on the company’s board.
 
Lombardi was previously COO and vice president of Helicos. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior VP at Affymetrix and before that he spent 16 years at Applied Biosystems as an executive in the company’s DNA sequencing and genetic analysis business.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.