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Douglas Berthiaume, Christopher O'Connell

Douglas Berthiaume is retiring as chairman of Waters' board, effective Dec. 31, 2017. Waters President and CEO Christopher O'Connell was elected the firm's new chairman. Berthiaume became president and CEO of Waters in 1994, when it split from Millipore, and he retired as the company's CEO in 2015. He took over as chairman of the firm in 1996. 

The Scan

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According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

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Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

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