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People in the News: Jun 14, 2011

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TessArae has appointed Thomas Richards as president.
Richards has held faculty positions at Stanford University Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, where he currently practices as an assistant clinical professor in the department of emergency medicine.

Prior to earning an MD at Harvard Medical School, Richards was an investment banker in the mergers and acquisitions departments of several firms, including Lazard Freres, UBS Securities, and SG Cowen Securities.

From 2006 until 2010, he served on the board of directors of Cowen Group, where he was a member of the audit and corporate governance committees.


Ronald Davis has won the Gruber Genetics Prize, which is awarded for pioneering work that advances the fields of molecular genetics and genomics.

Davis, who has been director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center since 1994, will receive the $500,000 award for his efforts in developing DNA mapping methods, for his studies of ways to sequence genomic variants in humans and other animals, for his contribution in developing the first microarray technologies, and the work his lab has done in sequencing yeast chromosomes, the Escherichia coli genome, and other genomes.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.