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Rob Brainin, Hannes Smàrason

Rob Brainin has been appointed as WuXi NextCode's CEO, replacing Hannes Smàrason, who will stay on as a senior advisor and plans to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. Most recently, Brainin was the firm's executive vice president and COO. Prior to that, he held positions at Illumina, Thermo Fisher, Life Technologies, and Invitrogen. Brainin holds a degree in economics from Emory University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

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.