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People in the News: Jul 21, 2009

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James White has stepped down as CEO of Osmetech, the firm said last week. White also resigned his position on the molecular diagnostics firm's board.

Chris Gleeson, non-executive chairman, and Faiz Kayyem, non-executive vice chairman, will act jointly as interim CEOs until a replacement is found, the company said.


Luminex has appointed Tim Dehne to be vice president of systems R&D. Dehne comes to Luminex from National Instruments, where he was senior VP of R&D, and he worked in strategic marketing and engineering.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.