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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

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.