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People in the News: Jill Hagenkord, Robert Daber, Qingson Zhu

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23andMe has appointed Jill Hagenkord to chief medical officer. Hagenkord joins 23andMe from InVitae where she served as medical director. Prior to that, she was chief medical officer and senior vice president at Complete Genomics. She was also founder and chief medical officer for iKaryos Diagnostics, associate professor of pathology at Creighton University School of Medicine, director of molecular pathology and clinical genomics at Creighton Medical Laboratories, and pathologist at Deltagen. She is a board-certified medical genetic pathologist.


Bio-Reference Laboratories has appointed Robert Daber to director of research and development and director of cancer genetics. Daber was previously the technical director of clinical genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped develop next-generation sequencing-based diagnostic cancer tests. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Insilico Medicine, which is using genomics to discover new therapies targeted age-related diseases, has appointed cancer genomics expert Qingson Zhu to chief operating officer. Zhu spent seven years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University where he worked on biomarker identification and drug development using microarray and next-generation sequencing technologies.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.