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Postdoc Arrested

A postdoc at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is facing drug charges after the death of his girlfriend, who was also a postdoc, the Associated Press reports. Carrie Johns, who studied the effect of drug use on the brain, died after injecting herself with buprenorphine, a narcotic used to treat heroin addicts. Johns had trouble breathing and was pronounced dead at the university emergency room. According to WBAL in Baltimore, McCracken told the police that he purchased several drugs from the Philippines over the Internet and that both of them were planning on using them.

Blogger DrugMonkey goes into more detail and says that this hit "close to home." He also adds, "I have a thought for all of their colleagues who might be casting about for answers — it is not your fault for not noticing."

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.