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People in the News: Andreas Scherer, Christophe Lambert, Gina Costa, Michael Fitzpatrick, and Others

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Bioinformatics firm Golden Helix has hired Andreas Scherer to be its new president and CEO.

Scherer has managed large global software services businesses, and he started his executive career at AOL/Netscape.

He will replace former CEO Christophe Lambert, who will take on the new role of company chairman.


Gina Costa is now senior director of genomic applications at Illumina. She joins Illumina from Life Technologies, where she was senior director of genetic analysis, working on development of the Ion Torrent and SOLiD sequencing technologies.

She has also held positions at Agencourt Bioscience and Roche's 454 Life Sciences.


Personalis has appointed Michael Fitzpatrick to vice president of worldwide sales. He joins the company from OpGen, where he was vice president of global sales and commercial development. He has also held positions at Codon Devices and spent 20 years at Applied Biosciences before it was bought by Life Technologies.


Newly established personal genomics firm Mapmygenome India has named Genetic Alliance President and CEO Sharon Terry to serve on its scientific advisory board, along with Ravi Bathina. The company also named its board of directors, including Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies and founder of Headstrong; Anula Jayasuriya, co-founder and managing director of the Evolvence India Life Science Fund; company CEO Anu Acharya; and Subash Lingareddy, founder, president, and CFO of Ocimum Biosolutions.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.