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Stevan Jovanovich, Eduardo Mestre, Lola Grace, Edward Travaglianti

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Stevan Jovanovich, former vice president of global research at Amersham Biosciences, has been named president and CEO of Microchip Biotechnologies of Fremont, Calif., a startup that last month received a $6.1 million grant from NHGRI to develop a DNA sequencing technology.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s board of trustees has elected Eduardo Mestre as its chairman, the institution said this week. Mestre has been a member of CSHL’s board since 2001. He is currently vice chairman of Evercore Partners, an investment and advisory firm. Prior to this, he served as chairman of investment banking at Citigroup. CSHL also said this week that Lola Grace has been named vice chairman of the board of trustees, and Edward Travaglianti has been named treasurer. Grace is currently managing director of Sterling Grace Capital Management. She has previously served as CSHL’s treasurer and secretary. Travaglianti is president of Commerce Bank, Long Island, and joined CSHL’s board of trustees in 2003.

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.