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Jack Secrist

The Southern Research Institute has named Jack Secrist CEO, effective Sept. 18.
Secrist has worked at SRI for 27 years, and has held the positions of COO, executive vice president, scientific director of life sciences, and most recently, vice president of drug discovery. He established a high-throughput screening facility at SRI’s Frederick, Md., facility, and eventually led its relocation to the institute’s main facility in Birmingham, Ala. He received a BS from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Illinois. He was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.