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Movers & Shakers: Oct 21, 2011


Agilent this week awarded Michael MacCoss $75,000 as part of its 2011 eMerging Insights grant program in support of his work on open source data-integration tools.

MacCoss is an assistant professor at the University of Washington and the developer of the Skyline Targeted Proteomics Environment – an open-source proteomics software platform for building selected reaction-monitoring mass spec assays.

Entitled "Validating Protein Pathway Information: Integrating Proteomic Data with Transcriptomic or Metabolomic Data Sets," the grant will aid MacCoss's efforts to expand Skyline's offerings to include analysis of genomic and metabolomic data using Agilent's GeneSpring software.

Microfluidic immunoassay firm Gyros has appointed Jon-Sverre Schanche as chief technology officer and vice president of technical affairs. Nils Kristensen, chief operating officer and vice president of technical operations; and Stephan Hoffmann, vice president of business development, are both leaving the company.

Previously Schanche was vice president of R&D at Dako Denmark A/S. Before that he was vice president of R&D at Personal Chemistry and Biotage.

The Scan

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.