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Kevin McKernan has founded Medicinal Genomics and is also now serving as its CEO. Most recently, he was the head of R&D for Ion Torrent at Life Technologies. He also served as Life Tech's vice president of advanced R&D and as a distinguished scientific fellow at Applied Biosystems. McKernan also founded Agencourt Bioscience and Agencourt Personal Genomics, which was acquired by Applied Biosystems. He holds a BS in biology from Emory University.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.