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Francis Crick, who as co-discoverer of the structure of DNA needed no introduction, suffered from colon cancer and died in July at age 88. After his famous find at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in 1962, Crick’s research path encompassed embryology, DNA function, and protein synthesis.


Gene Network Sciences named James H. Watson (no, not that one) COO and CFO. Watson was previously president and COO of startup Pathlight Technology.


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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.