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People in the News: Ronald Wapner, Erik Christensen, Henrik Lund, Ingrid Wiik


CombiMatrix has named Ronald Wapner, a physician and specialist in reproductive genetics, to serve on its scientific advisory board. Wapner is vice chair for research in obstetrics and gynecology for Columbia University Medical Center and director of reproductive genetics. He also was principal investigator for a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-sponsored multi-center study comparing chromosomal microarray testing to karyotyping (BAN 2/14/2012).

Diagenic said this week that CEO Erik Christensen has resigned from his position, and the company has named Henrik Lund, chairman of the board of directors, to step in as interim CEO. Lund has left his position on the board to Ingrid Wiik, who is deputy chairman of the board, until the annual general meeting in June. Christensen had been CEO since 2007.

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.