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Shawn Handran, Frank Brown, Claire Fraser-Liggett

Shawn Handran is the new director of imaging for Molecular Devices, CBA News learned this week.
Handran was previously product manager for the IonWorks product line at Molecular Devices. Prior to that, Handran was a product manager at Axon Instruments, acquired by Molecular Devices in 2004.

Accelrys said this week that Frank Brown will be the company’s new chief science officer.
From 1997 to 2006, Brown held a variety of positions at Johnson & Johnson, most recently senior research fellow within the office of the chief information officer, Accelrys said. Brown has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his post doc in simulations on biological systems at the University of California, San Francisco.


Claire Fraser-Liggett will join the board of directors of Becton Dickinson, effective Nov. 20, the firm announced this week. Fraser-Liggett is president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.