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Robert Millman, Gunter Blobel

Robert Millman, formerly the chief IP counsel for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, has joined healthcare venture capital firm MPM Capital as an executive partner.
Before Alnylam, Millman served as patent counsel at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Nastech Pharmaceutical has appointed Gunter Blobel to the scientific advisory board of its RNAi drugs subsidiary MDRNA.
Blobel is an investigator at Rockefeller University and the 1999 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

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.