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Michael Tang

Agilent Technologies has appointed Michael Tang as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective immediately. Previously, Tang served as Agilent vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary. He served as interim secretary following the departure of former General Counsel Marie Huber in April 2015. Prior to joining Agilent in 2006, Tang represented public and private technology companies in a broad range of securities matters at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and Fenwick and West. 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

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

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.