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Michael Ehlers

Biogen has appointed Michael Ehlers as executive vice president of research and development. He will report to CEO George Scangos and will begin his tenure in late May. Ehlers joins Biogen from Pfizer where he served as group senior vice president for biotherapeutics research and development and CSO for the company's Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2010, he was a professor of neurobiology and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke University Medical Center.

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.