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Garret Hampton

Illumina has hired Garret Hampton as executive vice president of clinical genomics, effective Jan. 9, 2017. Hampton will be responsible for Illumina's clinical genomics group, leading the reproductive and genetic health, oncology, and regulatory and medical affairs business units. He will also oversee CLIA labs and the chief medical officers organization. Previously, Hampton served as global head of oncology biomarker development and companion diagnostics at Genentech. He also co-led the Roche personalized medicine R&D initiative and chaired the Roche/Foundation Medicine joint R&D committee. In addition, he has held scientific and management roles at Celgene, the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, and the University of California, San Diego. 

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.