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Alan Carter will serve as Agendia's new VP of global business development. Carter formerly served as an executive at BioTrove, Celera, Applied Biosystems, and PerkinElmer.


Pfizer announced the appointment of David Cox as the chief scientific officer of its Target Generation Unit. Cox was a co-founder of Perlegen, and chief scientific officer at the company since its inception in 2000. He was also professor of genetics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine as well as the co-director of the Stanford Genome Center.


John Alsobrook has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer of Exagen Diagnostics. In his new role, Alsobrook will report to Exagen Founder and Interim CEO Waneta Tuttle.

Prior to his new position, Alsobrook was a consultant for Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, Amersham Health, GE Healthcare, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Alsobrook also worked at CuraGen as genetics supervisor for drug discovery and as senior research scientist for pharmacogenomics. From 1996 to 2000, Alsobrook was an associate faculty scientist at Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center, where he investigated inherited psychiatric disorders.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

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.