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Thermo Fisher Scientific’s board of directors has approved the following management changes, which went into effect Jan. 1:

Gregory Herrema, formerly senior vice president and president of Analytical Instruments, is now president of Biosciences. Alan Lalaus, formerly senior vice president and president of Laboratory Products, is now executive vice president and president of Analytical Technologies. Thomas Loewalk, formerly president of Laboratory Equipment, is now senior vice president and president of Laboratory Products.


Vermillion this week announced the resignation of chief financial officer Ashish Kohli.

According to the company, Kohli left due to the elimination of his position. Vermillion also this week reduced its board from eight to seven members and eliminated four territory development managers and one regional sales director role.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.