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People in the News: Jun 28, 2011

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BioNanomatrix has named Todd Dickinson vice president of product development and Xing Yang vice president of system integration. The Philadelphia-based biochip firm made the appointments as part of an expansion that included opening a San Diego office.

Dickinson joins BioNanomatrix from Illumina, where he most recently served as director of product development for its DNA sequencing business. Yang previously worked at Epic Sciences where he served as vice president of technology. He also was president of research for Helixis and director of systems development for BD Diagnostics-GeneOhm.


Sequenom has appointed Charles Slacik to serve on its board of directors. Slacik is currently chief financial officer and senior vice president at Beckman Coulter.

Prior to Beckman, Slacik was executive VP and CFO at Watson Pharmaceuticals and senior VP and CFO at the medical technologies company CR Bard.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.