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David Mitchell

The board of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics has appointed David Mitchell its CEO, effective Jan. 19. Mitchell has extensive experience leading and developing cross-disciplinary teams in the public as well as the private sectors. He was at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for seven years and played a leadership role in developing CSIRO's bioinformatics capabilities and he held roles that were responsible for performing due diligence on commercial transactions and identifying business opportunities for spin-outs.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.