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Illumina has appointed Jeff Huber to its board of directors. Huber is senior vice president at Google and led development for Google Maps, Google Apps, and Google Ads. Previously, he was vice president of architecture and systems development at eBay and senior vice president of engineering at [email protected] He is also a member of the board of directors and audit committee of Electronic Arts.


Organova, a three-dimensional biology company developing 3D bioprinting technology, has appointed Greg Lucier as a corporate advisor. He will advise CEO Keith Murphy and the executive management team. Lucier was previously the chairman and CEO of Life Technologies.


NantHealth Founder and CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong will serve as Providence Health and Services' global director for cancer services and bioinformatics. The appointment is related to a new clinical genome sequencing partnership between NantHealth, The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, and Providence Health and Services. In the role, he will work with oncologists and researchers across the five-state Providence system.

Soon-Shiong has developed treatments for cancer and diabetes, and developed a supercomputer-based system and network for analyzing genetic data from tumor samples in under a minute. He also is a professor of microbiology, immunology, molecular genetics, and bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.