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David Mitchell

The board of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics has appointed David Mitchell its CEO, effective Jan. 19. Mitchell has extensive experience leading and developing cross-disciplinary teams in the public as well as the private sectors. He was at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for seven years and played a leadership role in developing CSIRO's bioinformatics capabilities and he held roles that were responsible for performing due diligence on commercial transactions and identifying business opportunities for spin-outs.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.