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Robert LoBosco, Joseph Brown, Hans Neurath, Jill Mesirov


Robert LoBosco has joined Life-Span BioSciences as vice president and chief information officer, the Seattle-based company said last week. LoBosco most recently served as vice president for software engineering at, and previously worked at Merck as a senior leader in information technology, LifeSpan said. “[LoBosco’s] first-hand understanding of the IT needs of major pharmaceutical research firms will help us continue to augment the value of our offerings,” LifeSpan CEO Joseph Brown said in a statement.


Hans Neurath, the founding chair of the department of biochemistry at the University of Washington, died April 12 at the age of 92, according to the Seattle Times. Neurath, who led the department as chair from 1950 until 1975, also founded the journal Protein Science in 1991, and the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry. Born in Vienna in 1909, Neurath taught at Cornell University and Duke University before moving to the University of Washington in 1950. In 1975, he became scientific director at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research included the study of proteolytic enzymes.


AxCell Biosciences has named Jill Mesirov to its board of directors, the Newtown, Pa.-based company said last week. Mesirov currently serves as chief information officer and director of bioinformatics and computational biology at the Whitehead Institute, In previous positions, Mesirov served as manager of computational biology and bioinformatics in healthcare and pharmaceutical solutions at IBM, and director of research at Thinking Machines. She also currently serves as adjunct professor of bioinformatics at Boston University.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.