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Kathy Ordoñez

RainDance Technologies has appointed Kathy Ordoñez as chairman of its board of directors. She has served on the RainDance board of directors since 2014, and as the chair of the board's science and innovation committee. Prior to RainDance, Ordoñez was senior vice president at Quest Diagnostics. She joined Quest as part of its acquisition of Celera in 2011. Ordoñez was previously CEO at Celera and a founder of Celera Diagnostics. Earlier in her career, she held several senior positions at Hoffmann La-Roche, overseeing the formation of Roche Molecular Systems.  

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.