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People in the News: Jun 12, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, was named to the board of directors of CareFusion this week.

CareFusion, based in San Diego, is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Health and is expected to become a public firm from the planned spinout of Cardinal's clinical and medical products business.

Joe DeRisi has received the 2009 American Society for Microbiology Eli Lilly and Company Research Award.

DeRisi, a professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, was honored for his work in advancing the basic technology and informatics for DNA microarrays and using these tools to investigate basic biological regulatory mechanisms. Currently, he works on the application of advanced genomic technologies to the study of human infectious diseases. DeRisi holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Anagnostics Bioanalysis has hired Markus Jaquemar to its marketing and sales team. Jaquemar previously worked in global marketing in the life science portfolio at Agilent Technologies and he has spent nearly two decades working in the life sciences in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

DxS has appointed Ron Long to serve as chairman of the company, replacing David Evans, who is stepping down from his position. Long has been a non-executive director at DxS for nearly a year. He will retain his position at Medivir AB and Procognia Israel.

Peter Barrett, Robert Higgins, and Theo Melas-Kyriazi were elected at Helicos BioSciences' annual stockholder meeting last week to continue as company directors until the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

Molecular Connections has named John Regazzi to be an advisor to its board of directors. In the role, he will help the company's content development and information business. Regazzi currently is a full professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at Long Island University, and he formerly was president and CEO of Elsevier.

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The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.