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James Marsden

LexaGene has appointed James Marsden to its scientific advisory board. Marsden previously served as the executive director of food safety at Chipotle from 2016 to 2019. According to LexaGene, Marsden has also worked for several food companies and techology providers. Prior to Chipotle, he acted as VP for scientific affairs and President at the American Meat Institute. In addition, Marsden also held the role of a professor at Kansas State University. 

The Scan

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.