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Brian Ritchie, John Newton

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Brian Ritchie, formerly CEO and president of Blackstone Computing (most recently Argentys; see p. 1), has joined storage consulting services firm GlassHouse Technologies as senior VP of sales.

 

The UK Biobank has tapped Oxford University epidemiologist John Newton for the position of CEO. Newton has been the consultant epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Oxford for eleven years, and was also director of R&D at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.