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Ted DeFrank, Randy Scott, Kimberly Popovits, Joffre Baker, Steven Shak, Bradley Cole, Lester Crawford

Sample-prep kit maker Proteopure has appointed Ted DeFrank to its board of directors, the company said last week.
DeFrank is president of management consulting company Dalton Enterprises and formerly was president of Pierce Biotechnology, COO of Invitrogen, and vice president of operations at Stratagene.  

Genomic Health last week said its board of directors has approved 2007 base salaries for the company’s top executives: CEO and Chairman Randy Scott will be paid $280,000; Chairman, President and COO Kimberly Popovits will be paid $340,000; CSO Joffre Baker will be paid $310,000; Chief Medical Officer Steven Shak will be paid $315,000; and CFO Bradley Cole will be paid $286,000.

The US Senate last week confirmed Andrew von Eschenbach to be the new commissioner off the Food and Drug Administration.
The Bush appointee was approved after serving as acting commissioner since September 2005 after former commissioner Lester Crawford resigned.

Von Eschenbach previously headed the National Cancer Institute and was chief academic officer at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1967 and worked as an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.