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People in the News: Joseph Victor; Leroy Hood; and More

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DVS Sciences has appointed Joseph Victor president and CEO. He will assume the role from DVS co-founder Scott Tanner, who will become the company’s chief technology officer and general manager of its Canadian operations.

Previously, Victor was president and CEO of Applied Precision, which was recently acquired by GE Healthcare.


PrimeraDx this week announced that it has appointed Leroy Hood to its scientific advisory board.

Hood has helped found several research and commercial enterprises, including Applied Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies), Amgen, and the Institute for Systems Biology, where he currently holds the position of president. He has won several awards including the 2003 Association for Molecular Pathology award for excellence in molecular diagnostics; the Academy of Engineering's Russ Prize; the Lasker Award; and the Kyoto Prize. He has more than 700 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.


Cellzome scientific founder Gitte Neubauer this week won the EU Women Innovators Award, a €100,000 ($133,000) prize given by the European Commission Innovation Union, in recognition of her role in launching the company.

Neubauer heads Cellzome’s chemoproteomics screening facility and is a member of the advisory editorial board of the magazine Drug Discovery Today and the industrial advisory board of the biotechnology faculty of the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany.

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.