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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals has appointed Michael Abrams as its chief discovery officer, in charge of drug-discovery efforts at the company.

Abrams previously served as vice president of research and development at CDRD Ventures, and before that was president and CEO of Inimex

Tekmira also said that it has named CSO Ian MacLachlan as executive vice president and chief technical officer in charge of medical countermeasures. In his new role, MacLachlan will handle the expansion of the company's pipeline.

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.