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Marc Unger

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week, Fluidigm announced that Marc Unger, executive vice president of research and development and marketing, will be taking a 10-week leave of absence starting Oct. 1. The filing also stated that Unger and Fluidigm plan to enter into a part-time consulting agreement following Unger's leave. Both parties are still in discussions regarding details of the arrangement.

The Scan

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.