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People in the News: Jun 9, 2009

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Susan Desmond-Hellmann will not stand for re-election to Affymetrix's board of directors at the company's annual stockholders meeting this June. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Desmond-Hellman wants to focus more time on her new job as chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco.


Eric Topol, who is chief academic officer of Scripps Health and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, has been named the inaugural chair of the Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine at Scripps Health. The position was created through a $5 million endowment from the foundation. Topol also has been appointed to the board of directors of the West Wireless Health Institute.

The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.