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Yourgene Health: Joanne Mason, Bill Chang

Joanne Mason has been promoted to CSO and director of Yourgene Health. Since joining the company in late 2019, she had been director of research and development. Previously, she was VP of biodiscovery at Cambridge Epigenetix and director of sequencing and sample acquisition at Genomics England. Mason holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Cambridge.

Bill Chang has taken on the role of chief entrepreneur at Yourgene Health while remaining a company director. In his new position, he will focus on new scientific collaborations and business ventures.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.