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Sam Samad

Illumina has appointed Sam Samad as senior vice president and CFO, effective Jan. 6, 2017. Marc Stapley, who had been serving as CFO and chief administrative officer for Illumina, will continue to serve as CAO. Samad joins Illumina from Cardinal Health, where he most recently served as senior vice president and corporate treasurer and was responsible for Cardinal Health's China business. Prior to that role, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for the pharmaceutical segment and vice president of the healthcare supply chain services. Previously, he held finance roles at Eli Lilly and PepsiCo. 

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.