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James McSwiggen, Mark Davis, Amir Avniel, Yoav Chelouche, Nathan Hod, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


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James McSwiggen recently joined Nastech Pharmaceutical as a senior research scientist.

Previously, McSwiggen worked at Sirna Therapeutics in various research positions. He holds a BS in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Mark Davis, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology and co-founder of Calando Pharmaceuticals, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Rosetta Genomics said this week that it has named Amir Avniel as president and CEO.

Previously, Avniel served as president, CTO, and COO of Rosetta.

The company also announced that Yoav Chelouche has been elected as chairman of the board. He has served on Rosetta board since 2001, as is currently a managing partner at Aviv Venture Capital.

Rosetta also said that Nathan Hod has joined the company's board. He was a co-founder of DSPC, a technology firm acquired by Intel in 1999.


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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has recently released the latest update to its miRBase database of microRNA sequences and associated annotation.

With the release of the latest version, the database has 3,963 entries for primates, rodents, birds, fish, worms, flies, plants, and viruses.

According to the Sanger Institute, 446 new hairpin sequences have been added since the last update, including 77 Xenopus tropicalis sequences.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.