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Invitae: Randy Scott, Sean George

Invitae announced that Randy Scott will retire as executive chairman from its board of directors effective September 1. Invitae CEO Sean George will be the board's new chairman at that time. Scott served as CEO of Invitae between 2012 and 2017, after which George took over the reins. Scott said in a statement that he plans to continue to support the Invitae team as a private investor.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

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