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Judd Jessup has been named CEO of CombiMatrix, the firm said this week. Jessup will take over the company's top position from interim CEO Mark McGowan, effective Aug. 23. McGowan will continue his duties as chairman of the firm's board of directors.

Jessup most recently was CEO of US Labs, a cancer diagnostic and genetic testing services lab. He also previously served as president of the Health Plans Division for FHP International as well as the president of publicly traded HMO TakeCare. Jessup currently serves on the boards of Corvel and NovaMed.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.