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Aaron Mendes, Debora Thompson, Sharon Terry

Luna DNA has hired Aaron Mendes as vice president of marketing and Debora Thompson as VP of business strategy and operation. The genomic and medical research database company also named Genetic Alliance CEO Sharon Terry to its advisory board. Thompson is a former director of market strategy and innovation for clinincal genomics at Illumina. Mendes is an entrepreneur who founded and later sold digital marketing intelligence startup Quantio. 

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.