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People in the News: Paul Billings, Stephen Rusckowski

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CollabRx has appointed Paul Billings to its board of directors. Billings most recently served as chief medical officer for Life Technologies. He is executive chairman of Melanoma Diagnostics, a director at Trovagene, and a co-founder and past medical director of the Cordblood Registry. He was also a senior VP for corporate development at Laboratory Corporation of America and a co-founder of Omicia.


Stephen Rusckowski has been named chairman of the American Clinical Laboratory Association's board of directors. Rusckowski has served as Quest Diagnostics' president and CEO since May 2012. Before joining Quest he was CEO of Philips Healthcare.

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.