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People in the News: Jan 12, 2010

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Amarantus Therapeutics has appointed Vern Norviel to the position of corporate secretary. Norviel is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads the firm's patents and innovation counseling practice.

Norviel previously served as general counsel and corporate secretary of Perlegen Sciences, senior vice president and general counsel at Affymetrix, and partner at Townsend & Townsend & Crew in Palo Alto, Calif.


Anti-aging company Nu Skin Enterprises has named Stuart Kim to its scientific advisory board. Kim will provide insights on the molecular analysis of aging science, the firm said.

Kim is a professor at Stanford University in the departments of developmental biology and genetics. His recent research interests have focused on functional genomics and systems biology. Kim has produced DNA microarrays for C. elegans and used them to profile gene expression during development and aging.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.