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Steve McPhail

Fluidigm Chief Operating Officer Steve McPhail will retire in early 2019, CEO Chris Linthwaite said on a conference call discussing Fluidigm's second quarter earnings. McPhail is retiring to focus on family and his involvement with Improve Care Now, a non-profit dedicated to improving quality of care for children with Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease. McPhail serves on the board of directors for the non-profit, as well as the board of directors of the North Carolina Children's Hospital. He has served as COO at Fluidigm since August 2016. He also previously served as president and CEO of Expression Analysis.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.