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People in the News: Apr 12, 2011

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GenMark Diagnostics has appointed Hany Massarany to be president and CEO and a member of the board of directors. Massarany formerly was president of Ventana Medical Systems and head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics. He also held executive management positions at Bayer Diagnostics and Chiron Diagnostics in the Asia Pacific and US regions.


Fluidigm has appointed Evan Jones to be a class I director until its 2011 stockholder meeting. Jones is a co-founder of Digene. He currently is an executive chairman at OpGen and a managing member of jVen Capital, a life sciences investment company.


The American College of Medical Genetics has elected four new directors. Gail Herman, who is the new president-elect of the board, is an investigator at the Center for Molecular & Human Genetics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a professor at Ohio State University.

The three other new directors include Mira Irons of Children's Hospital of Boston, who is ACMG's clinical genetics director; Christa Lese Martin of Emory University School of Medicine, who is cytogenetics director; and Soma Das of the University of Chicago, who is molecular genetics director. All of the new directors will serve six-year terms through 2017.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.