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Snippets: Feb 3, 2010

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Sequenom has appointed Wolfgang Holzgreve to its clinical advisory board. Holzgreve currently is director and chairman of the board of directors at the University Hospital Freiburg, Germany, and he formerly was chairman of the department and chief of service at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Basel.


CombiMatrix has tapped Mark McGowan to serve on its board of directors. McGowan is the managing member of SAF Capital Management, and he co-founded and served as managing partner of MPG Capital Management.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.