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Charles Cantor, Jeffrey Skolnick, Andrzej Kolinski, Marcos Betancourt, Hassan Dayem


Strand Genomics of Bangalore, India, has appointed Charles Cantor, CSO at Sequenom, to its scientific advisory board. Cantor is a consultant to more than 16 biotech firms, has published more than 325 peer-reviewed articles, been granted 26 US patents, and recently completed a textbook on genomics called, “The Science and Technology of the Human Genome Project.”

Jeffrey Skolnick has been tapped to head the newly launched Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, based at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Skolnick is currently director of computational and structural genomics at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. He’ll take the reins as executive director of the center on Sept. 30. He will also serve as a professor of structural biology at UB. Andrzej Kolinski and Marcos Betancourt will also leave the Danforth Center to join Skolnick in Buffalo.

Amgen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has appointed Hassan Dayem as senior vice president and CIO. Dayem was previously VP of information services and CIO at Merck. He will oversee 500 IT professionals in the US and Europe at Amgen.

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The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.