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Donald Berry

OTraces has announced that Donald Berry has joined its scientific advisory board. Berry is professor of biostatistics and founding chair of quantitative sciences at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, bringing extensive cancer research and policy experience including work with the National Cancer Institute PDQ Screening and Prevention Committee. He has also worked closely with the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, helping to set rigorous scientific and quality standards.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.