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Edwin Southern, Paulette Dillon, Jacob Plattner, Gordon Cameron, John Brown, Wes Davis


Sir Edwin Southern of Oxford University was given the 2004 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities award at the group’s conference in Portland, Ore., on Monday, which recognized his pioneering achievements in nucleic acid hybridization.

Paulette Dillon has joined the Celera Genomics division of Applera as chief business officer, the company said this week. Previously, Dillon was vice president for market and business development at Exelixis Pharmaceuticals.

Jacob Plattner has been appointed senior vice president of research and development at Anacor Pharmaceuticals of Palo Alto, Calif., the company said this week. Plattner previously was vice president of small molecule discovery at Chiron. He holds a BS from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gordon Cameron, 37, president of the US division of Acambis and the company’s chief financial officer, has been appointed as chief executive officer, the company said last week. He was acting CEO since January, replacing John Brown, who resigned effective Jan. 1. The company is conducting a search for a CFO.

Wes Davis has been named president and CEO of Sionex, a Waltham, Mass., company that is commercializing chemical sensor chips and systems using proprietary detection technology. Davis has previously been president of MicroTouch, Lasertron, Radiant Images, and General Scanning, and earlier on, was a partner at Braxton Associates, which is a strategy consulting firm.


The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.