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People in the News: Apr 7, 2009

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Celera said this week that Joel Jung has resigned as chief financial officer to pursue other opportunities. Celera has appointed Ugo DeBlasi as its new CFO, effective immediately.

DeBlasi previously worked for Applera, holding several positions including chief accounting officer and vice president and controller. Prior to Applera, he worked as a senior auditor for Price Waterhouse.

DeBlasi holds a BS in accounting from Boston College and is a licensed certified public accountant.


Christopher Ahlberg has joined Fina Technologies' board of directors. Ahlberg, a founder and former CEO of Spotfire, also serves on the board of directors at Apptus Technologies AB and the Hult International Business School. He also was executive VP of Tibco and president of Tibco's Spotfire division.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.