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People in the News: Apr 2, 2009

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RXi Pharmaceuticals has promoted two officials and made one new hire.

The company promoted Stephen DiPalma from chief financial officer to executive vice president of business operations and chief financial officer; and named Joanne Kamens, formerly director of discovery research, as senior director of discovery research.

RXi also hired Ramani Varanasi as vice president of business development. Ramani was most recently head of business development at Archemix. She has also served as director of business development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and director of corporate development at Momenta Pharmaceuticals.

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.