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NanoString Technologies this week appointed Wayne Cowens as its chief medical officer. Cowens will drive the development of the company's pipeline of molecular diagnostics for cancer, NanoString said.

He joins NanoString from Genomic Health, where since 2004 he served in a series of senior medical positions, including vice president of clinical oncology, and led the development of the company's Oncotype DX breast cancer recurrence test.

Cowens previously held senior product development and clinical affairs positions at Chiron and Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, and worked as an oncology consultant for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Idec Pharmaceuticals, Scios, and Ligand Pharmaceuticals.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.