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At Sanger, New Leader with a New Charge

The Wellcome Trust has awarded the Sanger Institute more than £7 million and appointed a new leader. Former HUGO President Leena Peltonen will, they hope, help the institute marshal in a new era of disease-focused genetic research, according to this news article. Peltonen will take the reins as head of human genetics next month.

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.