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Karen Warner

CombiMatrix announced that it has hired Karen Warner to serve as its VP of payer access and reimbursement. She has joined CombiMatrix from Bako Integrated Physician Solutions, where she was director of payer relations. Prior to Bako, she was president of Touch Point Consulting, a payer relations consulting company focused on molecular diagnostics, genetics, and personalized medicine. Warner also previously worked in payer relations and reimbursement at Genoptix Medical Laboratories, Alkermes, and Sanofi-Synthelabo.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.