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Kathy Ordoñez

Pacific Biosciences has hired Kathy Ordoñez as chief commercial officer. Ordoñez has been a member of PacBio's board of directors since 2014 and will continue in that role, as well. Ordoñez was most recently CEO of RainDance Technologies. She was also previously senior vice president at Quest Diagnostics where she led the company's R&D efforts and provided oversight to businesses commercializing diagnostic products and testing services. She served as CEO at Celera and was a founder of Celera Diagnostics before the company was acquireid by Quest Diagnostics. She also held several positions at Hoffmann-La Roche, including overseeing the formation of Roche Molecular Systems.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.