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Mesa Biotech: Ingo Chakravarty

Mesa Biotech has appointed Ingo Chakravarty as the firm's president and CEO, effective April 15. Chakravarty replaces Hong Cai, a cofounder of Mesa, who has transitioned to be the firm's chief technology officer. Chakravarty most recently served as president and CEO of Navican Genomics, and has held senior leadership positions at GenMark Diagnostics, Gen-Probe, Roche, and Ventana Medical 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.