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Twist Bioscience: Steffen Hellmold

Twist Bioscience has appointed Steffen Hellmold as senior VP of business development for data storage.

He joins the company from Western Digital, where he was VP of corporate strategic initiatives. He has also held executive positions at companies including Samsung Semiconductor, Fujitsu, and Seagate Technology.

Hellmold is a cofounder of the DNA Data Storage Alliance. He holds a economic electrical engineering degree from Germany's Technical University of Darmstadt.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.