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Helaman Escobar is leaving his post as the director of the DNA sequencing and genomics core facility at the University of Utah in order to head the DNA sequencing operation at Eurofins' Operon/MWG in Huntsville, Ala. The University of Utah is currently seeking a replacement for his position.


John Keilty has been promoted to vice president of information technology and informatics at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, a cancer drug discovery and development company. Prior to joining Infinity in 2002, he worked for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for sequence analysis, genotyping, application development, and DNA sequencing. Keilty holds a BA in biology from Clark University.


Lutz Kirchrath has become managing director of European field operations at NuGen Technologies, where he will lead both sales and technical support functions. Most recently, Kirchrath was European pharmaceutical district manager for Affymetrix. Prior to that, he spent nearly five years in sales development and applications support with Amersham Pharmacia Biotech in Freiburg, Germany. Kirchrath holds a doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics, and a diploma in biology, from the Heinrich-Heine Universität in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.