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Movers & Shakers: Feb 4, 2011

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AB Sciex this week announced it has appointed Ranier Blair company president.

Previously he was president for North America & Europe of printer company Videojet. Prior to that he was president and CEO of construction chemical company MAPEI Americas and an executive with BASF Group.


Trans-Hit Biomarkers announced that René Paulussen is its new chief operating officer.

Paulussen brings to the Montreal, Quebec-based firm 20 years of experience in scientific research and business management. Before joining Trans-Hit Biomarkers, Paulussen was COO of Genizon Biosciences from 2002.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.