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We Wonder What a Collins Roadmap Would Look Like

A blog post at Science reports that Francis Collins is widely considered the top contender for new director of the NIH under the Obama administration. "Collins, buttonholed today at a meeting of one of the Obama transition teams, answered 'no comment' when asked if he aspired to the post," the blog post says. GTO's fingers are crossed for you, Francis.

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.