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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

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.