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Fluidigm: Bill Colston

Fluidigm has appointed Bill Colston to its board of directors. Colston has served as president of iCarbonX since March. He joined the company as chief operating officer in April 2018 following its acquisition of his prior company. He is also on the board of iCarbonX. Prior to this, he was cofounder and CEO of HealthTell. He was also previously the scientific founder and CEO of QuantaLife, which originally developed the technlogy behind Bio-Rad's droplet digitial PCR products.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.