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Microtest Diagnostics has named Kjell Kristiansen as group managing director.

Kristiansen joins Microtest from Phadia, where he was regional director for Asia for 14 years. Thermo Fisher acquired Phadia last year.

London-based Microtest said it made the appointment as it prepares to launch its microarray-based ADAM in vitro allergy and autoimmunity testing platform.


Ancestry.com has appointed Paul Billings to its board of directors. Billings has also been named a member of the company's audit committee.

Billings is currently chief medical officer at Life Technologies. He also was CEO of Cellective Dx and senior vice president of Laboratory Corporation of America.

Ancestry.com CEO Tim Sullivan called Billings a "great addition" to its board when its "focus on genetic genealogy is just beginning." Ancestry.com last month introduced a testing service called AncestryDNA that relies on the Illumina BeadChip platform (BAN 5/29/2012).

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.