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Katherine Atkinson

Epic Science has appointed Katherine Atkinson as chief commercial officer, tasked with the development of Epic's global commercial strategy.

Atkinson joins Epic with two decades of life science and healthcare experience, most recently as vice president of business development at Edico Genome. Prior to Edico, Atkinson worked for Illumina, where she oversaw a variety of sales teams. She has also held positions at Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher, and Beckman Coulter.

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.