Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, appeared on the cover of last year's October issue of Genome Technology. In the cover story on personalized medicine's move into the clinic, Hudson was cautiously optimistic. "I think in general the hype has exceeded the reality, but there is reason to be excited and optimistic," she said then. Hudson is now expected to join the National Institutes of Health as chief of staff to Director Francis Collins.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.