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People in the News: May 13, 2011 (rev. 1)

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GenoLogics has appointed Bruce Pharr to serve as its new vice president of product management and marketing.

In his new role, Pharr will lead the implementation of GenoLogics roadmap for its LIMS system announced earlier this week (see related story this issue).

Prior to joining GenoLogics, Pharr was vice president of marketing at Symyx Technologies, which was purchased last year by Accelrys. He has also held lead marketing positions at several other technology-based companies

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.