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Frances Murphy

Frances Murphy, co-head of the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare group of Slaughter and May, has been named to head the international law firm’s flagship corporate team, effective May 1. Murphy will succeed Chris Saul, who has been named a senior partner.
Murphy joined Slaughter and May in 1981, and became a partner in 1990. Among deals she has been involved with in recent years include advising BAE on its acquisition of Alvis, and advising General Electric on the acquisition of Smiths Group Aerospace and a detection joint venture with Smiths Group.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.