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Pacific Biosciences: Lara Toerien

Lara Toerien has been appointed as VP and general manager for the Americas at Pacific Biosciences. She comes to PacBio from Illumina, where she worked for 16 years, most recently as senior regional sales director for the Northeast. Previously, she was with Invitrogen. Toerien holds a PhD in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a BS in molecular and cell biology from Penn State University.

The Scan

Sensor to Spot SARS-CoV-2 Exposure

Yale researchers have developed a sensor that gauges SARS-CoV-2 exposure, according to the New Haven Register.

Watching BA.2

A subtype of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant has been found in a number of countries, the Washington Post says.

Vermont Weighs Genetic Discrimination Bill

VT Digger reports Vermont legislators are considering a bill to bar insurer from denying customers coverage based on genetic information.

PNAS Papers on Convergent Pathogen Effectors, Lineage-Related RNA Mutations, Desiccation-Tolerant Grass

In PNAS this week: convergent evolution of pathogen effectors, algorithm to identify cell lineage features, and more.