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William Hagstrom

William Hagstrom has joined the board of CareDx. Hagstrom is the founder and CEO of Octave Bioscience, an early stage molecular diagnostics firm that is focused on neurodegenerative diseases. Before that, he was president and CEO of Crescendo Bioscience, now part of Myriad Genetics. He also has served as president of Alpha BioPartners, interim CEO of Selexys Pharmaceuticals and Inoveon, and chairman and CEO of UroCor.

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.