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Chad Mirkin, Edward Scolnick, Peter Linsley

Arrowhead Research said this week that it has appointed Chad Mirkin to its newly established board of scientific strategy.
Mirkin is the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and a professor of chemistry, medicine, and materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. He holds a BS from Dickinson College and a PhD in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has appointed Edward Scolnick to its board of directors and scientific advisory board.
Scolnick is the director of the Psychiatry Initiative at the Broad Institute. Previously, he held a number of positions at Merck Research Laboratories including president. Before that, he worked for the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart Institute.
He holds an AB and MD from Harvard Medical School.

Regulus Therapeutics, a microRNA therapeutics joint venture between Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Isis Pharmaceuticals, has named Peter Linsley as its CSO.
Linsley was previously executive director of cancer biology at Merck Research Laboratories. Before that, he held a number of roles at Rosetta Inpharmatics before it was acquired by Merck.
He holds a BS from Auburn University and a PhD from the Molecular Biology Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.