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Jennifer Cook, Catherine Friedman, Min Cui

Grail has appointed Jennifer Cook as CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2018. She will take over for Bill Rastetter, who has been serving as interim CEO. Rastetter will continue his role as chairman of the board of directors. Cook joins Grail from Roche, where she is currently head of clinical operations in product development for Roche Pharmaceuticals. Previously, she was head of the Europe region for Roche Pharmaceuticals, and has also held research and management positions at Genentech.

Grail has also appointed Catherine Friedman and Min Cui to its board of directors. Friedman is an independent financial consultant and previously held executive positions at investment bank Morgan Stanley, including as managing director and head of West Coast Healthcare and co-head of Biotechnology Practice. She is also on the board of directors at Altaba (formerly Yahoo!), Innoviva, and Radius Health. Cui is founder and managing director of Decheng Capital. He is also on the board of directors at AccuraGen, Ariagen, ARMO BioSciences, CardioMed, EpimAb Biotherapeutics, GenapSys, GeneMDx, Ketai Medical, Levitas, and Sinomed. Previously, he was an investment partner at Bay City Capital and director of strategic investment for the Southern Research Institute.

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.