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People in the News: Jul 23, 2009


Biogen Idec announced that co-founder Phillip Sharp is retiring from the company's board of directors.

Sharp, a co-founder of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, is currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1993.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.