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Movers & Shakers: Jan 4, 2010

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Pacific Biometrics last month announced the appointment of Michael Murphy as its chief operating officer.

Murphy had been the Seattle-based firm's senior vice president of operations from May 2005 to October 2009, where he managed all aspects of the company's operations, including laboratory operations, client and information services, business development, and quality assurance.

Prior to that, he was technical director at Laboratory Corporation of America. He also served in leadership positions at a number of healthcare and research centers, including Eastern Maine Medical Center and CompuLab.

Last month, the company said its shareholders had approved the changing of its name to Pacific Biomarkers. The company provides specialized central laboratory and contract research services to drug firms and diagnostic manufacturers and works with protein, peptide, metabolite, and bioassay biomarkers.

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.