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Roy Smythe

Roy Smythe has been appointed as CEO of SomaLogic. He will replace Alister Reynolds, who became CEO in early 2017 and who will remain on the company's board. Smythe joins the Boulder, Colorado-based firm from Royal Philips, where he was chief medical officer for strategy and partnerships. Prior to that, he was CMO at Valence Health, and before that, CMO of healthcare technology accelerator AVIA. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Surgery at Baylor Scott & White Health and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, where he was also medical director of innovation.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.