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Movers & Shakers: Jan 14, 2011

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Caris Life Sciences announced this week that Amy Jensen Cunniffe has joined the company in the newly created position of senior vice president for government affairs. In this role, Cunniffe will be tasked with establishing Caris's Washington DC office where she will lead its public policy and government relations efforts, the company said.

Previously, Cunniffe was leader of GE Healthcare's government relations team. Prior to that she was a director at lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie and Associates and a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs during the term of President George W. Bush.


Nonlinear Dynamics announced this week it has added Leonhard Pollack and Mark Pittman to its international sales team. Pollack, who is based in Germany, will be covering the German, Austrian, and Finnish markets; while Pittman, based on the West Coast of the US, will be working with the company's US sales team.

Pollack was previously a senior mass spec sales specialist at Waters. Pittman joins the company from informatics firm Proteome Software.

The Scan

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.

Vitamin D From Tomatoes

According to Reuters, researchers in the UK have gene-edited tomatoes so their fruit contains vitamin D.

Cause Not Yet Spotted

NPR reports that a new study was unable to find a cause for persistent long COVID symptoms.

PNAS Papers on Central African Hunter-Gatherers, Myopia Development, Ancient Microtia Allele

In PNAS this week: population patterns among Central African hunter gatherers, effect of myopia-linked gene variant, and more.