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People in the News: Dec 11, 2009 (rev. 1)

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Ceiba Solutions, a software development and IT services company headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., has hired eight former employees of Rosetta Biosoftware to help expand its bioinformatics team (see related story, this issue).

The new hires include Tim Bonnert, former director of applied science at Rosetta; Scott DePriest, formerly senior director of global sales; Rich Estrin, former senior software development manager, and five other employees who Ceiba did not name.

Ceiba has also added Susan Ward, a former senior executive of Wyeth (now Pfizer), and Sterling Winthrop (now Sanofi-Aventis), as an executive advisor.


Simulations Plus has appointed Robert Clark to the position of director of life sciences. He replaces John Crison, who resigned in late October.

Clark was previously vice president of science and research at Tripos. He holds a PhD from Cornell University in biochemistry, statistics, and biometry.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.