Akubio, a biosensor technology developer, has appointed Jerry Walker, formerly European president of GE Healthcare Discovery Systems, as chief executive officer. Prior to the acquisition by GE Healthcare, Walker spent over 18 years at Amersham, holding various senior management positions including vice president of informatics and vice president of global service.


Fisher Scientific has named Matthew Friel as senior vice president of corporate development.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.