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Jonathan Rothberg

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454 Life Sciences founder Jonathan Rothberg has founded Ion Torrent Systems, a startup company with locations in Guilford, Conn., and San Francisco. He is also the founder of Clarifi, CuraGen, and the Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases, and the co-founder and chairman of RainDance Technologies. Rothberg holds MS, MPhil, and PhD degrees in biology from Yale University and a BS in chemical engineering with an option in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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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.