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Richard Compton

Richard Compton resigned as director of Metrichor, a sister company of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, last month. He was appointed to the firm's board in 2016 and was also general manager at Metrichor. Compton remains VP of commercial operations at Oxford Nanopore. He previously served as VP and general manager of the EMEA region at Illumina.

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.