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Steven Paul, Robert Speziale, Ruedi Aebersold, Jan Ellenberg, Lee Hood, Ulf Landegren

Steven Paul has been elected to Sigma-Aldrich’s board of directors, the company said this week.
Paul is the executive vice president for science and technology and president of the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly. Prior to this, Paul was scientific director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Robert Speziale, the vice president of business development for Invetech, has been appointed as chair of the Society for Biomolecular Sciences’ Partners in Commerce committee, the company said this week.

The European Molecular Biology Organization has announced new members including Ruedi Aebersold of the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology in Zurich, Switzerland; Jan Ellenberg of the European Microbiology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany; Lee Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle; and Ulf Landegren of the Department of Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.