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People in the News: Kevin King, Blaine Bowman

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Kevin King has been named to serve on the board of directors at medical diagnostics company iRhythm Technologies. King was president and CEO at Affymetrix from 2007 to 2011, and before that held the same position at Thomson Healthcare. He also was an executive at GE Healthcare and Hewlett Packard's Medical Products Group.


Blaine Bowman has joined the board of directors at Altera. Bowman currently is on the board of Illumina and he formerly was president, CEO, and chairman of chromatography technology company Dionex, where he had a 28-year career.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.