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Asuragen said it has appointed Lyle Arnold to its board of directors.

Arnold is currently an independent consultant. He previously served as vice president of research at Gen-Probe. He has also held positions at Molecular Biosystems, Genta, Synteni, and Incyte Genomics.

He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.