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Invitrogen has hired Mahendra Rao as vice president, research, stem cells and regenerative medicine. Rao most recently served as section chief for stem cells and senior investigator in the laboratory of neuroscience for the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health. (see Q&A in this week's issue for more on Invitrogen's stem cell business)

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.