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LabCorp has named Don Hardison to be executive vice president and COO, the company said last week.
 
Hardison formerly was president, CEO, and director at Exact Sciences, and also held executive and sales and marketing spots at Siebel Systems, Quest Diagnostics, and SmithKline Beecham.
 

 
Oxford Gene Technology has appointed Tim Cook to its board as a non-executive director, the company said. Cook, who was appointed in April, recently was an executive director at Isis Innovation, and before that was involved in various management roles in the technology sector. Cook also is an adviser to universities and public groups on technology transfer, chairman of the Oxford Science Enterprise Center, and a visiting professor of science entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
 

 
GeneGo has tapped Richard Brennan to be director of toxicology, a role that will include running the MetaTox Consortium, a public/private systems biology collaborative, the company said last week.
Brennan previously was director of molecular and investigative toxicology at Iconix Biosciences, an associate director of pharmacology and cell biology at Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, and a senior scientist at OSI Pharmaceuticals.

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Supersized Bacterium

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Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.