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Vance Vanier has been appointed as president and CEO of Navigenics. He joined the company as chief medical officer in April of 2008. Prior to that, he was a partner at venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he focused on bringing new genomic technologies into clinical practice. Vanier is also a clinical faculty member of Stanford University Medical Center.


Watt Webb will receive the Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics from the National Academy of Sciences at a ceremony on April 25. Webb, a professor of applied physics and engineering at Cornell University and a scientific advisor of Pacific Biosciences, is being honored for "pioneering the applications of rigorous physical principles to the development of optical tools that have broadly impacted our ability to examine biological systems." The award, which recognizes contributions from an outstanding biophysicist, carries a $20,000 prize.

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.