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Peter Banks, Michael Smith

BioTek Instruments announced this week that it has hired Peter Banks as scientific director. Banks will manage BioTek's applications group, while also providing scientific leadership and direction in emerging trends, opportunities, and scientific discovery across its global business platforms.
Before joining BioTek, Banks served as technology leader of bio-discovery with PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences. From 2002 to 2005, Banks held a series of leadership roles with PerkinElmer, including R&D manager in Montreal and R&D portfolio leader for the life sciences business.

Michael Smith has joined the board of directors for Carestream Health, the company announced this week.
Until his retirement in 2005, Smith served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Anthem, and its subsidiaries, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Prior to that, he served as COO and CFO of American Health Network, a former Anthem subsidiary.
Smith was previously chairman, president, and CEO of Mayflower Group.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.