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People in the News: Jessica Mega, Pardis Sabeti, Thomas Caskey, Robert Ford, Miles White, More

Danaher: Jessica Mega, Pardis Sabeti

Danaher has appointed Jessica Mega and Pardis Sabeti to its board of directors. Mega has been the chief medical and scientific officer at Verily Life Sciences since October 2015, and was previously a cardiologist and senior investigator at Brigham & Women's. She has also been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a senior investigator with the TIMI Study Group. Mega holds degrees from Stanford University, Yale University School of Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health.


Human Longevity: Thomas Caskey

Human Longevity has appointed Thomas Caskey as chief medical officer. Caskey is a professor of molecular and human genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, and is board-certified in internal medicine, medical genetics, and molecular genetics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Royal Society of Canada and the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science. He is also past president of the American Society of Human Genetics and the Human Genome Organization.


Abbott: Robert Ford, Miles White

Abbott announced Miles White will be stepping down as CEO on March 31, 2020 after 21 years in the position, and will be replaced by Robert Ford. Ford has been the president and COO of Abbott since October 2018, and was appointed to the board. Before that, Ford was the executive VP of medical devices at the company, and has been at Abbott since 1996. Miles will remain executive chairman of BD's board.


For more recent items on executive appointments and promotions in the omics and molecular diagnostics industries, please see the People in the News page on our website.

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.