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People in the News: Jan 15, 2009


Cequent Pharmaceuticals said it has hired Ted Hibben as its chief business officer.

Previously, Hibben served as vice president of business development and alliance management for Coley Pharmaceuticals. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

MDRNA said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week that board member Susan Bayh has resigned her position with the company.

According to MDRNA, Bayh serves on the board of another company that asked her to reduce the number of her board memberships.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.