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People in the News: Feb 22, 2011

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Affymetrix said this week that Paul Berg will retire from its board of directors in May. Berg has been a board member of the company since its inception in 1993.


Great Basin Corporation has hired Andrew Olson as vice president of sales. He most recently was vice president of sales and marketing at Signature Genomics, part of PerkinElmer.

Olson also held sales and marketing positions at Roche Diagnostics, BD GeneOhm, and Fisher Healthcare. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in molecular biology from Brigham Young University.


Sigma-Aldrich has named Frank Wicks as president of research, replacing Dave Smoller, who will take over as chief scientific officer. The company also has promoted Gerrit van den Dool to be vice president and managing director of the firm's business in the US and Canada.

Wicks will be responsible for the Sigma-Aldrich's entire portfolio of research products, including its Research Essentials and Research Biotech businesses, Sigma said. Smoller will be charged with developing the company's global R&D strategy for all research initiatives, and with managing its IP portfolio and licensing activity. Van Den Dool formerly led North American sales and global accounts at the company.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.