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People in the News: Nov 9, 2012 (rev. 1)

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The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation has hired Scooter Willis to serve as the director of computational bioinformatics for its bioinformatics program.

Willis is a specialist in computer science and engineering and brings expertise in the genomic analysis of expression data. In his new role, he will also work alongside researchers from the Scripps Research Institute as part of a partnership between Edith Sanford and TSRI focused on personalized breast cancer treatment and care.


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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.