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Michael Barber, Rich Keffer

GE has appointed Michael Barber as chief technology officer of GE Healthcare and a vice president of technology, diagnostic imaging. He has been the general manager of technology since May 2005 and has been with GE since 1981. He held other positions in GE Healthcare, including general manager for components engineering and general manager for global components operations.
Barber received his bachelors' degree in electrical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Sigma-Aldrich this week said that it has tabbed Rich Keffer as corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Aug. 28.
Keffer most recently served as general counsel for D&K Healthcare, which was acquired in 2005 by McKesson. Overall, he has 25 years of corporate legal experience at a variety of global public companies in the consumer products, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, Sigma said.
Keffer earned a JD from Washington University School of Law and a BA in economics from Greenville College.

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.