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People in the News: Andrew Morris, Peter Lea, Patrick Schnable, Andy Ferrin

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Andrew Morris has joined SQI Diagnostics' board of directors.

Morris has been president and CEO of the Toronto-based molecular test developer since June. He replaces SQI founder Peter Lea, who has resigned from the board. SQI said that Lea will continue to serve the company as an adviser.


Patrick Schnable has been named Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics, a new faculty position within Iowa State University's agronomy department. In connection with the appointment, the board has invested $2 million to support the position and its research.

Schnable is an agronomy professor and is director of ISU's Center for Plant Genomics.


Andy Ferrin has left Golden Helix to become a sales executive at Oracle Health Sciences. Ferrin had served as executive vice president of sales, business development, and services at Golden Helix, a Bozeman, Mont.-based bioinformatics company for the past six years.

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.