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People in the News: Mats Svensson, David Eklund, Sara Strandberg, John Doyle, and Eric Banks

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Qlucore has added three new employees to its staff. Mats Svensson and David Eklund have been hired as software developers, and Sara Strandberg has been hired as a sales representative to focus on the company's North American market.


Gentris has hired John Doyle to serve as vice president of information technology to oversee the development of Gentris' IT infrastructure and to lead the implementation of BioFortis' Labmatrix and Qiagram software in its biorepository.

Prior to joining the company, Doyle worked at IBM as a programmer and a software engineer. He has a BS in computer and information science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in the same field from Villanova University.


Eric Banks is now the team leader of the Broad Institute's Genome Sequencing and Analysis program. He is taking over from Mark DePristo who is now VP of informatics at SynapDx (see related story this issue).

Before joining the Broad in 2009, Banks earned an ME from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in computational biology from Princeton.


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.