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Biocept announced the hiring of Amy McNeal as its new senior director of managed care and reimbursement strategies. Biocept is a molecular diagnostics firm specializing in analysis of biomarkers from circulating tumor cells and DNA. McNeal joins Biocept from GE Healthcare, where she managed the North American managed care unit and was in charge of diagnostic services sales and reimbursement. McNeal has also previously worked at Pathology Inc. and Quest Diagnostics.


Illumina announced that Jeff Huber, senior VP at Google, has joined its board of directors and will provide guidance on big data analytics and informatics. After joining Google in 2003, Huber played a leadership role in the development of Google Maps, Google Apps, and Google Ads. Before Google, Huber was VP of architecture and systems development at eBay.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.