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Chris Callahan

PieranDx has named Chris Callahan chief commercial officer, where he will head sales, marketing, and business development efforts. Callahan joins the bioinformatics startup after serving as vice president for product strategy and business development for Sunquest Information Systems. He previously held a managerial-level position at health IT giant Cerner. St. Louis-based PieranDX is in growth mode, having raised $3 million in new funding in February and entered into a partnership with Cancer Genetics last month.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.