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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

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.