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Mark Nelson, Barbara Alving

Mark Nelson has joined Cognia as an advisor and investor. Nelson founded Ovid, a software company that integrates scientific journals, in 1988. The company was sold to Wolters-Kluwers in 1998.

The National Institutes of Health has named Barbara Alving as director of the National Center for Research Resources. Alving was previously acting director of NCRR, a position she has held since 2005. She has been at the NIH since 1999, when she joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as the director of the division of blood diseases and resources. She later served as NHLBI deputy director and acting director.

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The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.