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Phil Febbo

Illumina has appointed Phil Febbo as chief medical officer. Starting March 26, 2018, Febbo will be responsible for developing and executing on Illumina's strategy to drive genomic testing into healthcare practice.

Prior to Joining Illumina, Febbo has served as CMO at Genomic Health, and before that he served as professor of medicine and urology at the University of California, San Francisco, where his laboratory focused on using genomics to understand the biology and clinical behavior of prostate cancer. While at UCSF, Febbo was the co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Program Principal Investigator of the Translational Research Program for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He holds a BA degree in biology from Dartmouth College, received his MD at UCSF, and completed his internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.