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Merilee Raines

Merilee Raines has joined Affymetrix's board of directors and will serve as a member of the audit committee. Raines served as CFO of Idexx Laboratories from 2003 until her retirement in 2013. Prior to this, she held various management positions at Idexx, including vice president of finance, treasurer, director of finance, and controller.

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.