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Ancestry: Deborah Liu, Mark Thompson

Ancestry has appointed Deborah Liu as CEO and a member of the company's board of directors. Liu joins Ancestry from Facebook, where she most recently created and led Facebook's Marketplace product group. Prior to Facebook, she held leadership roles at eBay and PayPal. Liu is also a member of the board of directors of Intuit.

Ancestry has also appointed Mark Thompson as chairman of the board. Thompson formerly served as president and CEO at The New York Times Company. Prior to that, he had an eight-year term as director general (CEO and editor-in-chief) of the BBC.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.