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MDS has hired David Spaight as president of MDS Pharma Services, effective immediately.

Most recently, Spaight served as senior vice president of global sales and marketing at Fisher Scientific Products. He has a BS in chemistry and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Sigma-Aldrich this week elected its directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting in St. Louis.

The following directors were re-elected: Nina Fedoroff, David Harvey, Lee McCollum, Jai Nagarkatti, Avi Nash, William O'Neil, Pedro Reinhard, Timothy Sear, Dean Spatz, and Barrett Toan.

Kevin White will direct the University of Chicago's new Institute for Genomic & Systems Biology beginning in July, according to a university news report.

White comes to Chicago from the Yale University School of Medicine, where he is an associate professor in genetics and ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as director of applied genomics in the Yale Center for RNAi and Therapeutic Chemical Genetics. White holds a joint BSc-MSc degree in biology from Yale, and a PhD in developmental biology from Stanford University.

Protedyne said this week that Roch Kelly has joined the company as chief operating officer. Kelly will head the company's manufacturing, purchasing, customer care, and human resources departments.

Most recently, Kelly served as vice president of clinical operations for North America and worldwide business operations for Parexel International. He has also been the executive director of manufacturing operations at Chiron Diagnostics. He holds a BS in finance from the University of Miami and an MBA from Syracuse University.



Cascade Microtech this week announced the availability of the M150 Measurement Platform and thermal microfluidic chip holder for life sciences applications.

The combined products will allow cellular medicine and physiology researchers to perform live-cell measurements over longer periods of time, as well as the ability to resolve smaller cells, lipids, and other objects in microfluidic channels. The measurement platform and chip holder can be used in combination with high-power compound microscopes, which have superior light-gathering capability and thus enable decreased use of dyes and other tags, Cascade said. The new thermal chip holder maintains assay temperatures from -10° C to 100° C, enabling users to get more recordings on a single set-up.

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.