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Koh Boon Hwee

Agilent Technologies has appointed Koh Boon Hwee as chairman of the board of directors. Boon Hwee has been a member of the company's board since 2003, and replaces James Cullen who served as chairman since 2005. Cullen will continue to serve on the board as a director. Boon Hwee is the managing director of Credence Capital Fund II and serves as the non-executive chairman to Sunningdale Tech. He has previously served as chairman at DBS Bank, Singapore Airlines, and Singapore Telecom.

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Rise of B.1.617.2 in the UK

According to the Guardian, UK officials expect the B.1.617.2 variant to soon be the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 there.

Anne Schuchat to Retire

Anne Schuchat is retiring after more than 30 years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Politico reports.

US to Share More Vaccines

CNN reports that the US will share 20 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines with other countries.

PNAS Papers on Gene Therapy Platform, Aspergillus Metabolome, Undernutrition Model Microbiome

In PNAS this week: approach to deliver protein-based treatments to cells, pan-secondary metabolome of Aspergillus, and more.