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Ian Johnson

UK molecular diagnostics firm Biofortuna has named Ian Johnson its new chairman, replacing Mark Hurley, who will remain on the board as a non-executive director. Johnson was founder and CEO of Biotrace International. He also is currently non-executive chairman of Celsis Group and Cyprotex, and is an operational advisor for Harwood Private Equity, an investor in Celsis and Cyprotex.

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.