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Richard Begley, Matt Watson, Shiela Robertson

PerkinElmer said this week that Richard Begley has joined the company as vice president and general manager of its Analytical Sciences business. Begley had been president and CEO of Ensemble Discovery. He had the same title at 454 Life Sciences before that and held various positions at Hewlett Packard and its spinoff, Agilent Technologies.
Begley received his PhD in applied physics from StanfordUniversity.

CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics this week said it has appointed Mansoor Mohammed CEO of the company, replacing Matt Watson who left to pursue other opportunities. Mansoor was already president of the company as well as its COO.
Watson will remain as a consultant with CombiMatrix for three months, the company said.

Agilent said this week Shiela Robertson will be replacing John Eaton as vice president of corporate development. Eaton will retire on April 30, after 23 years at Agilent and Hewlett Packard.
Robertson will be replaced as operational CFO of the Electronic Measurement Group by Robert Cantrell, who is currently group controller of Agilent’s Global Infrastructure Organization.

Robertson started out as a financial analyst at Hewlett Packard in 1980. She received her bachelor’s degree and MBA from Santa Clara University.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.