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Personalis, provider of genetic sequencing and data interpretation to researchers and clinicians, this week formed a UK subsidiary and appointed Mark Dronsfield as the director of European sales.

In a statement, Personalis said it plans to build services infrastructure and a European commercial team that will address the exome and genome analysis needs of researchers in overseas markets. Dronsfield was previously the head of commercial operations in Europe for RainDance Technologies and has worked in commercial operations for Illumina, Affymetrix, and Life Technologies.


Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute's board of trustees has elected Gregory Lucier as its chairman. Lucier is chairman and CEO of Life Technologies and will take up his post as Sanford-Burnham's board chairman starting September 18.

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.