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Ralph Kauten

Lucigen this week named Ralph Kauten as CEO. Kauten has been a member of Lucigen's board for the past 10 years and has served as chairman for the last four. Kauten was previously involved in the start up and management of life science companies Promega, PanVera (acquired by Aurora Biosciences) and Mirus Bio (acquired by Roche Pharmaceuticals).

David Mead, who founded Lucigen and has served as CEO from the company's inception in 1998, will remain with the company as CSO.

The Scan

Latent HIV Found in White Blood Cells of Individuals on Long-Term Treatments

Researchers in Nature Microbiology find HIV genetic material in monocyte white blood cells and in macrophages that differentiated from them in individuals on HIV-suppressive treatment.

Seagull Microbiome Altered by Microplastic Exposure

The overall diversity and the composition at gut microbiome sites appear to coincide with microplastic exposure and ingestion in two wild bird species, according to a new Nature Ecology and Evolution study.

Study Traces Bladder Cancer Risk Contributors in Organ Transplant Recipients

In eLife, genome and transcriptome sequencing reveal mutation signatures, recurrent somatic mutations, and risky virus sequences in bladder cancers occurring in transplant recipients.

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.