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Cynthia French, Erik Holmlin

Exiqon has hired Cynthia French to be chief scientific officer and Erik Holmlin to be chief commercial officer, the company said last week.

French formerly worked at Affymetrix, where she served as vice president of the firm’s clinical services laboratory. She was also vice president and CSO at Specialty Laboratories, and worked at Quest Diagnostics, Plutiva, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Diagnostic Products Corporation, and Du Pont.

Holmlin previously worked at BD Diagnostics and he was one of the founders of GeneOhm, which was purchased by BD Diagnostics in 2006.

Both French and Holmlin will be based at the company’s Oncotech subsidiary in California.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.