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Dion Weisler

Thermo Fisher Scientific has appointed Dion Weisler to its board of directors. Weisler's appointment brings the total number of board members to 12. Currently, he serves as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and also serves on the company's board of directors. He previously served as executive VP of HP's printing and personal systems business. Before joining HP, he served as VP and chief operating officer of product and mobile internet digital home groups at Lenovo.

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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.