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People in the News: Dec 17, 2009

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Mirna Therapeutics, a developer of microRNA therapeutics, said that it has added three outside directors to its board.

Joining the board are Chris Earl, an entrepreneur and investor; Corey Goodman, managing director of venture capital firm VenBio and co-founder of Exelixis; and Evan Melrose, founder and managing director of healthcare venture capital company PTV Sciences.

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.