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Precision BioSciences: David Thomson

Precision BioSciences has appointed David Thomson as chief operating officer. Thomson currently serves as the firm's chief development officer. Prior to Precision, Thomson served as senior VP of research and nonclinical development, for Shire. He also served as senior VP and global head for research and development operations at Shire. 

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.