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Michael Snyder has moved from Yale University to Stanford University, where he has become chair of the Department of Genetics. He will also lead a new Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine, which will bundle school and university efforts in genomics and their application to diagnosing and managing human disease.

At Yale, which he joined as a faculty member in 1986, Snyder was most recently a professor of biology and director of the Yale Center for Genomics and Proteomics. From 1998 until 2004, he was chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Snyder holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford with Ron Davis in the Department of Biochemistry.


Jim McDonald has joined Oxford Nanopore Technologies as finance director. Previously, he was finance director of MediSense UK, which was later acquired by Abbott Laboratories. Prior to that, he held several positions at Arthur Andersen, both in London and in the US, and before that, he worked as a lawyer for a Denver law firm. He has a legal as well as a financial reporting background.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.