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Berkeley Lights: Kurt Wood, Shaun Holt, Peter Leddy, and Mimi Healy

Berkeley Lights has selected Kurt Wood to replace Shaun Holt as chief financial officer, effective March 15, 2021. Wood is currently the firm's VP of business development.

Holt will remain with Berkeley Lights in an advisory capacity through April 30, 2021 to assist with the transition.

In addition, Peter Leddy has joined Berkeley Lights as chief human resources officer; and Mimi Healy will join the firm on Feb. 15, 2021 in the newly created customer-facing role of chief products officer.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.