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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals has appointed Peggy Phillips to its board of directors.

Phillips previously served as a board member and COO of biotech firm Immunex prior to its acquisition by Amgen. She currently sits on the board of Dynavax Technologies.


Regulus Therapeutics has named Martin Beaulieu as head of its newly created microRNA biomarkers division.

Before joining Regulus, Beaulieu held various roles in molecular diagnostics R&D at Abbott Point of Care, DiagnoCure, GenProbe, and Sequenom.

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.