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Reid Townsend, Curt LaBelle


Reid Townsend has joined the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He will be the director of the Washington University Proteomics Center. His new appointment officially starts April 1. In addition to directing the center, he will be an associate professor. Townsend joins the university from Oxford GlycoSciences in Abingdon, UK, where he has been director for proteomics research.

Curt LaBelle has joined the health care investors team of Greenwich, Conn.-based Tullis-Dickerson, a venture capital firm that focuses on biomedical, life sciences, and medical technology, as a senior associate. Previously, he worked for Convergent Ventures, a seed-stage life science venture fund located in Los Angeles, and for Pfizer. LaBelle holds a dual MD/MBA from Columbia University and a BS in economics from Brigham Young University.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.