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Roger Pettett has joined Oxford Nanopore Technologies as principal systems architect. He will be responsible for the company's internal data management and analysis infrastructure and will contribute to the design and implementation of the onboard software for the company's sequencing instrument.

Pettett joins the company from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where he worked as a software developer, architect, and manager for almost a decade, contributing to a variety of projects. In 2007, he joined the Sanger Institute's newly-formed sequencing informatics department, where he was responsible for designing, building, and running scalable, high-throughput pipelines and LIMS tracking for the institute's second-generation sequencing systems.


Richard Resnick has joined GenomeQuest as vice president for software and professional services. Prior to joining the company, he was the CEO of Harmony Line, an MIT Media Lab startup.

Before that, he spent over a decade in the sequence informatics industry. Resnick founded Mosaic Bioinformatics, which was sold in 1999 to NetGenics, and he worked as a global bioinformatics software manager for Wyeth. He also contributed to the Human Genome Project under Eric Lander at the MIT Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Resnick holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The Scan

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Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.