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Sirna Therapeutics this week announced its scientific advisory board.

According to the company, the SAB now includes Jeffrey Bluestone, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the UCSF Diabetes Center; Beverly Davidson, professor at the University of Iowa; and Donald Ganem, professor at UCSF.

Also joining the SAB are Joe Gray, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher; Stanley Lemon, a University of Texas Medical Branch researcher; Richard Locksley, a UCSF professor; Jerrold Olefsky, a professor at the University of California, San Diego; David Russell, a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Xiaodong Wang, a researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; and James Wells, a UCSF professor.


Acacia Research said this week that its CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics division has appointed Mansoor Mohammed as its chief scientific officer and board member.

Mohammed has worked at Quest Diagnostics, and was trained as a molecular immunologist/geneticist at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Products & Services

Kreatech has launched the miRaculus miRNA isolation and labeling kit.

The kit combines the upstream isolation of the small RNA from tissue or cultured cells and the reagents necessary to label these samples for DNA microarray analysis, the company said.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.