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Benjamin Bielak

iSpecimen has announced that it has appointed Benjamin Bielak as chief information officer. Bielak will lead development of the firm's iSpecimen Marketplace, an online platform that connects biomedical rsearchers with specimens needed for developing new diagnostics, treatments, and cures. Prior to iSpecimen, Bielak served as chief information officer at GNS Healthcare. Before GNS, Bielak served as chief information officer at Dovetail Health. 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.