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Gerald Cox, Kenneth LeClair, and Semiramis Trotto

Editas Medicine has expanded its senior management team by appointing Gerald Cox as chief medical officer, Kenneth LeClair as vice president of technical development and manufacturing, and Semiramis Trotto as vice president of human resources. Cox has held senior clinical development roles at Sanofi Genzyme (formerly Genzyme) for over 15 years. He most recently served as vice president of rare disease clinical development at Sanofi Genzyme. Cox also continues to serve in a part-time role as staff physician in genetics at Boston Children's Hospital. LeClair joins Editas from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he served as executive director of technical research and development of the cell and gene therapies unit. He has also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the MIT Center for Cancer Research and as an assistant professor of medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. Trotto comes to Editas from Baxalta, where she most recently served as the vice president of human resources in oncology. Before her time at Baxalta she spent over a decade at Bristol-Myers Squibb where she was responsible for human resources across a number of different business function in the US and internationally.

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.