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Marra Francis

Vermillion has appointed Marra Francis as chief medical officer. Francis is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She has served as a national speaker and key opinion leader for Myriad Genetics, as national speaker for Cord Blood registries, as an "Ask the Expert" contributor at Parents.com, as a contributing physician to the Mommy MD Guide books and publications, and a medical affairs consultant for Vermillion. Francis has also served as both vice chair and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.