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Jay Moyes, Lynda Merrill

Jay Moyes has become chief financial officer of XDx, the molecular diagnostics company said this week. Most recently, he was vice president of finance and CFO at Myriad Genetics. Prior to that, he served as CFO of Genmark, an agricultural biotechnology company. Moyes holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a BA in economics from Weber State University.


Lynda Merrill has joined Qiagen as vice president of molecular diagnostics sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australia, the company said last week. Merrill, who is based in the UK, formerly was a vice president at Gen-Probe and served in management roles at Boehringer Mannheim.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.