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Herbert Hauptman Dies

Herbert Hauptman, who shared the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 94. Hauptman, a mathematician, worked with chemist Jerome Karle, a classmate from City College, to develop equations to interpret X-ray crystallography films, an advance that greatly sped up the work of analyzing molecular structures. "I don't think there's a single pharmaceutical that's been developed in the last 30 years that hasn't been studied using derivations of what Dr. Hauptman and his colleagues won the Nobel Prize for," says Eaton Lattman, chief executive of the Hauptman-Woodward institute, where Hauptman worked.

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.