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Life at Lilly

It's tough times at Eli Lilly with patents ending, failed drugs, among other problems, reports the New York Times. But CEO John Lechleiter says that Lilly doesn't need to turn to mergers or acquisitions to jump-start the company; he says they can rely on in-house research and cost-cutting. "At a time when others say Lilly has to do a deal or Lilly has to go outside itself to solve its problems, we're resolutely focused on what we have to do inside the company," Lechleiter says. The Times points out that "some analysts do not share his optimism" as the company has "virtually no new products to market until 2013, when it hopes to start rolling out two a year."

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.