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People in the News: Feb 8, 2011

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BioNanomatrix has named Erik Holmlin as its president, CEO, and director. Holmlin succeeds Edward Erickson, who led the company since December 2009.

Prior to joining BioNanomatrix, Holmlin was president and CEO of GenVault, which merged with Integenx last month. Previously, Holmlin served as chief commercial officer at Exiqon. He was also a founder of GeneOhm Sciences, which was acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2006.


Microarrays Inc. has appointed Andrew Jennings as its president of business development. Prior to joining MI, Jennings led the sales organization for Open Biosystems, now Thermo Fisher Scientific, for five years.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.