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Movers & Shakers: Feb 18, 2011

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GE Healthcare said this week that Life Sciences CEO and President Peter Ehrenheim will retire this year and will be replaced by Kieran Murphy, who currently is head of Global Commercial Operations, Life Sciences.

Murphy will step into job in April, and after a period of transition, Ehrenheim will retire at the end of July. Ehrenheim was a mechanical engineer with Pharmacia, which was acquired by Amersham in 1997, which in turn was acquired by GE. Murphy was CEO of Whatman, which was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2008. He also has worked at Janssen Pharmaceutical, at Vericore, and at Novartis.

The Scan

Plan Rebuffed

The Associated Press reports China has rejected the World Health Organization's proposal to include the lab-leak theory in the next phase of its investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

Opossum Change

Researchers from Riken have used CRISPR to edit marsupial genomes, as Technology Review reports.

In the Ice

Cosmos magazine reports that researchers have uncovered more than two dozen ancient viruses in a Tibetan glacier.

Nature Papers Present Method to Uncover Differential RNA Modifications, Neutrophils in Innate Immune Response

In Nature this week: computational approach to identifying differential RNA modifications, and more.