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Karine Hovanes, Trilochan Sahoo, R. Weslie Tyson

CombiMatrix promoted Karine Hovanes to vice president of scientific advancement and laboratory director, and Trilochan Sahoo to VP of clinical affairs and director of cytogenetics. They will assume the responsibilities of R. Weslie Tyson who is retiring on Dec. 12 from his position as CMO.

Hovanes was assistant director at the genetics department at US Labs and assistant director at the molecular laboratory of Esoterix before joining CombiMatrix. She is a diplomat at the American Board of Medical Genetics as a clinical cytogeneticist and clinical molecular geneticist.

Sahoo joined CombiMatrix in April after serving as senior director, clinical cytogenetics at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute. Before that, he was laboratory director for Signature Genomic Laboratories and assitant director of the Kleberg cytogenetics laboratory, medical genetics laboratories at the Baylor College of Medicine.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.