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People in the News: Mary-Claire King, Robert Hagemann

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The Paul Ehrlich Foundation has awarded Mary-Claire King the €100,000 ($130,000) 2013 Paul Ehrlich Prize. King, a geneticist in the area of cancer and forensics, is a professor at the University of Washington.

She was awarded the prize for demonstrating that there is a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, specifically mutations found in the BRCA1 gene. The foundation said her efforts have a larger impact beyond breast cancer because she helped to show that genes are involved in complex, multifactorial diseases that also can be impacted by environmental and lifestyle factors.


Quest Diagnostics said that senior vice president and chief financial officer Robert Hagemann plans to leave the company at the end of May, and the firm is now searching internally and externally for a new CFO.

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.